May 15, 2017

Cabinet reshuffle : Powerful minister to lose portfolio

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has agreed to hold a cabinet reshuffle in the next few days, which will see a change in the ministerial portfolio of a powerful minister, a spokesperson of the Prime minister’s office said.

Accordingly, it is highly likely that minister of Foreign Affairs - Mangala Samaraweera could lose his ministry, he added.

Meanwhile, responding to journalists during a media briefing held at the Finance Ministry yesterday (14), finance minister - Ravi Karunanayake said that he is unaware of a cabinet reshuffle.

Noting that he had steered the economy properly, the minister asked the journalists to refer to those who are making statements on a cabinet reshuffle for further information on that regard.