MS AGREES FOR UNP MP AS STATE MIN­IS­TER OF LAW AND OR­DER

An­other UNP MP as Cab­i­net Min­is­ter of Me­dia

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KELUM BANDARA

Sound­ing what ap­pears to be a con­cil­ia­tory note, Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena is re­ported to have agreed to ap­point two mem­bers of the United Na­tional Party (UNP) one of them as the Min­is­ter of Me­dia and the other as the State Min­is­ter of Law and Or­der.

He had met a group of se­nior Un­pers in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wickremesi­nghe, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mangala Sa­ma­raweera and MP Kabir Hashim on Mon­day night. Dur­ing the na­tional unity gov­ern­ment with the UNP, there was a sep­a­rate min­istry for law and or­der with the Po­lice Ser­vice un­der its purview but with the Sri Lanka Free­dom Party (SLFP) break­ing ranks with the UNP, the Pres­i­dent re­tained the Po­lice De­part­ment un­der the De­fence Min­istry held by him. Mean­while, the Me­dia Min­istry is cur­rently not un­der a Cab­i­net min­is­ter.

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