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Jan 21, 2018

Excise Dept. too, to come under president? Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena will bring the Excise Department, which is presently under the Finance Ministry, under his control, say sources say.

The move is said to be taken at the request of the Buddhist clergy who objected to a gazette notification by minister Mangala Samaraweera that allowed women to buy alcohol and to be employed at bars, which had since been annulled.

When contacted, a top official of the president’s office told Sri Lanka Mirror that he was unaware of such a step by the president.

He said, however, several subjects of the economy would be taken over by the president at a cabinet reshuffle soon after the mini-polls.

The official said rumours and talks in the political platform during an election time should not be taken seriously.

President says will take over economic management

Yesterday (20), president Sirisena told a UPFA election rally in Kegalle that he would take over the responsibility of economic management in order to ease the cost of living burden.

He noted the UNP had been allowed to manage the economy in the past three years.

He went onto say that he would also begin a journey after the election to put a stop to corrupt politics, which was the only hurdle against the country’s achieving development, with all the natural resources it was having.

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