Sri Lanka Crisis: Cabinet reshuffle in Sri Lanka amid economic crisis, Perez re-elected as Foreign Minister - Newztezz Online


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Sri Lanka Crisis: Cabinet reshuffle in Sri Lanka amid economic crisis, Perez re-elected as Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe inducted four ministers in his cabinet in Sri Lanka on Saturday. GL Peiris has been included in the cabinet as the Minister of External Affairs. According to the news of an online news portal 'Daily Mirror', Dinesh Gunawardena has been appointed as Public Administration Minister, Periz as External Affairs Minister, Prasanna Ranatunga as Urban Development and Housing Minister and Kanchana Wijesekara as Power and Energy Minister. was sworn in.

The number of members in the cabinet is expected to be 20

Periz was also the Foreign Minister in the previous government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. All four ministers inducted into the all-party interim government announced by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa are from Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP). According to the news, government sources said that the number of members in Wickremesinghe's cabinet is expected to be 20. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has decided to extend support to new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to help him prove his majority in the House. Wickremesinghe has only one seat in Parliament. Most opposition parties have said they will not take office in the Wickremesinghe-led interim government, but will support his move to deal with the economic crisis. 

Urge to bring the economy back on track

73-year-old United National Party (UNP) leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the country's 26th Prime Minister on Thursday to provide stability to Sri Lanka's deteriorating economic situation. A few days ago, Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign from the post of Prime Minister after violent clashes in view of the deteriorating economic situation of the country. Wickremesinghe has urged the leader of the main opposition party Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) to leave party politics and join him in forming a non-partisan government to resolve the heated issues and bring the country's economy back on track. 

Premadasa's support was sought 

Wickremesinghe wrote a letter to SJB leader Sajith Premadasa. In the letter, he sought Premadasa's support to resolve the burning issues immediately and to stabilize the country economically, politically and socially by getting foreign aid. Responding to the letter, Premadasa assured the Prime Minister that as a responsible opposition, he would support the government in its efforts to deal with the economic crisis. Premadasa's party SJB had vowed not to be a part of the government, claiming that Wickremesinghe did not have public approval to become the prime minister. 

The country is going through the worst phase

The SJB has reiterated that his party will continue to press for government formation without the Rajapaksa brothers. Meanwhile, lawyers' body BASL in a statement called on Wickremesinghe to show his ability to establish consensus among all political parties in Parliament. Significantly, Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.

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