Sri Lankan minister sacked for rocking coalition
Posted on September 12th, 2017

 Courtesy Mail on Line

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s party has been the junior partner in the country’s coalition since August 2015

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday sacked a minister who had threatened to split his coalition government, three weeks after another was fired for publicly criticising a government decision.

Sirisena’s office said Arundika Fernando, junior minister for tourism and Christian affairs, was expelled from the government under the executive powers of the president.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's party has been the junior partner in the country's coalition since August 2015

The brief statement did not give a reason for his dismissal, but official sources said the move prevented Fernando from engineering defections to a breakaway faction of Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

“With this sacking the president has asserted his authority and sent a signal he won’t hesitate to expel more,” a source close to the presidency said, citing Fernando´s previous assertion that around a dozen ministers were planning to leave the government.

Fernando was not immediately available for comment, but he told the Lankadeepa daily website that his sacking was unlikely to discourage other dissidents in the government.

Sirisena’s party, the junior partner in Sri Lanka’s coalition since August 2015, is already split between him and former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse, who is an MP and has considerable support within the party.

It is not yet clear whether the potential new faction was trying to join the side of the former president or remain as a third faction within the party.

Three weeks ago Sirisena sacked justice minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who publicly denounced the government’s $1.1 billion sale in July of a 70 percent stake in a port to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings.

Sirisena and his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have vowed to continue their power-sharing arrangement until 2020 when the next general election is due.

However, there are reports of squabbles within the coalition and many fiscal policy measures have been either toned down or completely withdrawn in recent months due to infighting.

One Response to “Sri Lankan minister sacked for rocking coalition”

  1. ranjit Says:

    Why don’t he use his presidential powers to control NGO’S who use our land and citizens to bring bad name to our country by doing unacceptable things and make false allegations against our Motherland. Why don’t he sack minister of Sathosa who was mastermind behind destroying wildlife sanctuaries in the east? Why don’t he sack Vel vidane for his defamatory comments against war heroes and buddhist clergy? Why don’t he uses his powers to sack other whole sale thieves and drugs cartels who run amok among youngsters in sri lanka. Citizens came forward and talked loudly but you were deaf and Dumb on those matters but talk big about sacking and innocent individuals who spoke the truth.What a shame!!!!!???.

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