Changes are expected in many portfolios and subjects.
Following the mini-polls, there has been talk about a cabinet reshuffle, but that has been delayed, allegedly due to a tug-of-war between the SLFP ministers.
However, government sources say it was in fact due to the refusal by certain UNP ministers to forgo their ministries, and others not wanting to accept ministries with more responsibilities.
Also, many deputy ministers have been demanding ministerial positions.
President’s office sources say the cabinet reshuffle, the second of the present government, will take place around 11.00 am.
Lakshman Kiriella and Kabir Hashim are to exchange their ministries, while Duminda Dissanayake is to be relieved of his agriculture ministry.
That ministry has been offered to Mahinda Amaraweera, but no final agreement has been reached yet.
Giving the law and order ministry to Sarath Fonseka is opposed by the SLFP.
S.B. Dissanayake, Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Harin Fernando, Thilak Marapana and Gamini Jayawickrama Perera will have changes in their portfolios, while Mangala Samaraweera, Rajitha Senaratne and Champika Ranawaka will retain their ministries.
Ajith P. Perera, Harsha de Silva and Sujeewa Senasinghe will be appointed non-cabinet ministers.