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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Ranil – One of Asia’s most corrupt leaders?

[b]Ranil – One of Asia’s most corrupt leaders? [/b]

[b]Part II[/b] Continued from yesterday

[b]7. Ranil's 71 Ministers used 355 vehicles -- five for each[/b]

[b]Colombo, 22 October, ([/b] Ranil Wickremesinghe ‘s UNF government had a total of 71 Cabinet Ministers, non-Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers . When President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga took over the government from him they did not resign immediately.

People's Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) asked the President and the Commissioner of Elections to order the seizure of 355 State owned vehicles being used by these errant Ministers and Deputy Ministers if they are not being returned immediately since these could be used illegally for election work.

It is revealed that each minister had at least five vehicles at his command. There were 32 Cabinet Ministers, 27 non-Cabinet Ministers and 12 deputy ministers in Ranil’s UNF government (Ceylon Daily News – Feb 11, 2004)

8. Ranil's body guard becomes Protocol Officer in New York

In New York the protocol officer designate is a former bodyguard of Ranil Wickremesinghe who was sent as a driver. When asked how he became a protocol officer, he said he wanted to live in New York. Many embassies are staffed with voters from Moratuwa – the electorate of the Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando. They have no other qualifications. Also T. Fernando’s oversea trip to boost his campaign for the Secretary-General of the UN has emptied the budget of the Foreign Ministry. Besides, this budget is also used to pay the costs of journalists and officials accompanying the Prime Minister. The result is Sri Lanka has not paid the fees for UN membership. It has been given two years grace to pay the dues. ([i]Sunday Island [/i]- December 28, 2003)

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