Sri Lanka’s cabinet meets without key coalition partner

Sri Lanka’s cabinet met for its weekly meeting on Tuesday without the participation of a key coalition partner, a Minister in the Government said. Minister Sajith Premadasa said that...

Sri Lanka’s cabinet met for its weekly meeting on Tuesday without the participation of a key coalition partner, a Minister in the Government said.

Minister Sajith Premadasa said that the cabinet met with President Maithripala Sirisena, without Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers.

The United National Party (UNP) led United National Front members and others in the unity Government attended the meeting.

UNP Minister Sajith Premadasa said that the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will discuss the future of the Government.

SLFP Ministers had earlier decided to boycott the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet meeting was the first since some SLFP Ministers backed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is a member of the UNP.

Some United National Party Parliamentarians have called on the SLFP Ministers to be removed from the Government.

Key SLFP Ministers including sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, Social Services Minister S.B Dissanayake and Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa were among those who voted for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Meanwhile, a cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place this week. 

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