Some Ministers threaten to quit if stripped of posts

A heated exchange of words ensued at the cabinet meeting last week when the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle was discussed.

The Sunday Leader reported that some top Government Ministers warned that they will join the opposition if they are removed from their posts.

Speculation of a cabinet reshuffle has been discussed over the past several weeks but the move has been postponed over various reasons.

It was reported recently that some Ministries are to be merged in a cabinet reshuffle.

President Maithripala Sirisena recently said that several changes will be made in state institutions over the next two weeks.

The President said the changes will be made to ensure state institutions perform more effectively.

The President expressed these views at a meeting with media heads in Colombo.

In an interview published in The Sunday Leader last week, Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that changing Ministries will have a negative impact on the progress they have made in their work so far as the new Minister will need another year or so to settle in and implement his own plans. State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena had said earlier that President Maithripala Sirisena is to take some key decisions over the next few weeks.

He said that the government needs to address several crucial issues over the next two years.

“As a result I can tell you the President will take key political decisions related to the economy,” he said.

Yapa said that the decisions to be taken by the President might be seen as positive by some while others may feel sour.

He said the President has a responsibility towards addressing key issues and taking the country forward.