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Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday for UNP-led government?

A Cabinet reshuffle is set to take place on Wednesday (21) as a fore-runner to a new government headed by the United National Party (UNP), it is learnt. The decision was taken after a meeting that took place on Sunday (18) between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and …

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PM says will step down only if lost by a no-confidence vote

Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe has told President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not resign from the Prime Minister post unless he lost in a no-confidence motion passed in parliament. This was stated during a special discussion held with the President at the …

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Post-election violence seen increased

Sri Lanka’s election watchdogs say the number of incidents of violence reported in the period after the local Government Elections on February 10th has seen an increase compared to the previous elections. Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohan Hettiarachchi making a statement to the national television in this regard said following …

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Government to amend Laws on local government

The Sri Lankan government plans to amend Municipal Council Ordinance, Urban Councils Ordinance and the Pradeshiya Sabha Act to keep with the needs of the time, according to the Government Information Department. Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha presenting the paper to Cabinet this week has said that …

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PM plans reshuffle in wake of local election drubbing

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday he planned to stay in office and reshuffle his cabinet in the wake of a stinging loss in local elections for both parties in the ruling coalition. Wickremesinghe’s center-right United National Party (UNP) and President Maithripala Sirisena’s center-left Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) …

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Warrant issued to arrest former SL ambassador to US

The Colombo Fort Magistrate today reissued a warrant to arrest former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya for failing to appear before Court. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued this order as the suspect failed to appear before the court when the case was taken up for …

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President does not have power to remove Prime Minister

The President at his discretion cannot remove the Prime Minister under any circumstances according to the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, Senior Lecturer of the Law Faculty of the University of Colombo Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa points out. He points out that the Prime Minister can be removed only by the …

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Changes for UNP soon

.The United National Party (UNP) is to undergo changes with party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to make an announcement on changes soon. Informed sources said some of the members in the party’s parliamentary group had requested him to name a successor. Mr Wickremesinghe had then told them that priority should …

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