Ravi, Mangala ministry swapping, a falsehood!

Government sources say there is no truth at all to reports that Mangala Samaraweera will replace Ravi Karunanayake as the finance minister at a cabinet reshuffle.

Political opponents are trying to get such a change by using the various accusations that were leveled against Karunanayake recently. They have been trying, for the past one and a half years, to lure president Maithripala Sirisena to remove him as the finance minister.

Front level activists of the government say there is no need for a change in the finance or the foreign affairs portfolios at a future cabinet reshuffle.

Political opponents are trying to show, by spreading such falsehoods, that a crisis was brewing in the UNP. The ministerial positions in question are being held by the suitable persons and all in the ‘Yahapaalana’ government want to see its continuation, and do not want to sabotage it, they say further.

No one can say, without any basis, that the portfolios of Karunanayake or Samaraweera should be changed, and there is no truth to reports that the government would be in crisis if no such change is effected, they add.


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