The first Cabinet reshuffle of the unity Government composed of the major coalition partners, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is scheduled to take place today, on Monday 22.
The Central Committee of the SLFP chaired by Chairman of the Party, President Maithripala Sirisena met in the morning today at the President’s official residence regarding the matter while UNP Parliamentarians had previously met in this regard on May 21 at the Temple Trees for a discussion chaired by Leader of the Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Sirisena and Wickremesinghe had met in prior to the said meetings and held a special discussion with regard to the imminent Cabinet reshuffle.
Previously, the UNP was opposed to any changes in Ministerial portfolios afforded to their MPs. The UNP had however consented to the said reshuffle following Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Sirisena. The United People’s Freedom Alliance had previously opined that a reshuffle was absolutely necessary, adding further that they would reconsider their position on being a Government partner if such did not take place.
Speculations are rife especially as to who would be assigned to be in charge of the subjects of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Media, Public Administration, Lands, Petroleum and Agriculture amongst others.
Sirisena has since called all Government Ministers – Cabinet, Deputy and State – to the Presidential Secretariat for an urgent discussion in relation to the proposed changes.
It is also reported that former Attorney General, President’s Counsel Tilak Marapana who was the yahapalana (good governance) Government’s first Minister of Law and Order, who in turn was embroiled in the case pertaining to the Avant Garde floating armoury, too might be reassigned.