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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2618

Sri Lanka ‘resigned’ Muslim Ministers continue in their portfolios

Colombo, 06 June, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lankan Parliamentary sources revealed that the resignations of Muslim MPs were still not processed by Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat even by 4 June.

On 3 June Muslim Ministers and leaders in the Parliament stepped down from their Ministerial roles in the government protesting ‘threats to their community.’

On 4 June, the resigned Muslim ‘Ministers’ came under criticism for sitting in Parliament’s front rows, despite stepping down from their portfolios on 3 June.

Sri Lankan opposition MPs criticized ex-Ministers Rishad Bathiudeen (ACMC), Ameer Ali (ACMC) and MM Harees (UNP) for sitting in front rows of Parliament on 4 June. They were seen comfortably seated in Chamber’s front row, smiling and chatting with each other. UNP Muslim MP Mujibar Rahuman too was with them but left a while later.

However, Leader of SLMC Rauf Hakeem and UNP MP Kabeer Hashim did not come to the Chamber.

Opposition UPFA’s Keheliya Rambukwella MP was quick to question as to why some resigned MPs were still seated in the front rows. “They declared they will act as back-benchers but are now seated in front” he said.

UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella, who was presiding, said that the seated Muslim MPs were Party Leaders, the reason they were taking front seats.

Parliament sources revealed that the resignations of Muslim MPs were still not processed by Sri Lankan President.

Even by 4 June the Presidential Secretariat had not informed the Parliament that they have stepped down -the reason that Muslim MPs were still seated in front rows, the sources revealed.

Sri Lanka ‘resigned’ Muslim Ministers continue in their portfolios
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