Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena​ appoints new ministers

The reshuffle took place after the defection of six ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to the opposition last month.

Published: 02nd May 2018 03:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd May 2018 03:14 PM   |  A+A-

Earlier, the Sri Lankan government had planned to offer an 80 per cent stake to the Chinese firm, media reports said.

President Maithripala Sirisena ing promises. (File | PKB)

By IANS

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday appointed new ministers, a day after he reshuffled his cabinet.

Eighteen ministers -- 10 deputy, eight state -- took oath before Sirisena, reports Xinhua news agency.

The reshuffle took place after the defection of six ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to the opposition last month.

The defected ministers had voted in favour of a no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when it was taken up in Parliament.

The reshuffle is seen to bring in unity between the SLFP and the United National Party (UNP), who are coalition partners.

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