Government to go for a cabinet reshuffle following polls loss

The Government has decided to go for a cabinet reshuffle following the defeat at the Local Government (LG) elections.

Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the new cabinet Ministers will be picked this week.

Asked if President Maithripala Sirisena had asked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down in the cabinet reshuffle, Senaratne said that there was no such request.

He said that the unity Government will continue as it is with the President and Prime Minister the same while the Ministries may change.

The Minister said that the current Government had some shortcomings and that may have resulted in the results seen at the just concluded Local Government elections.

Senaratne attributed one of the reasons for the loss as being the failure to put behind bars leading figures involved in corruption and crime.

However he said he will push the Government to properly investigate some high profile murder incidents, including that of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga.

Co-cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake said that the Government accepts that there are some shortcomings on its part and those matters will be addressed.

He said that the Government is confident that by making some key changes over the next few days it will be able to address the issues at hand. (Colombo Gazette)