Major Govt Shake-Up After 12 January
With a crack in the ruling alliance being visible with constituent parties of the SLPP-led Government trading charges at each other following State Minister Susil Premajayantha’s sudden removal, a possible Cabinet reshuffle coupled with a possible reorganisation of top Government bureaucracy is tipped to take place after 12 January 2022.
According to internal political sources, Secretaries to the Ministries as well as Chairpersons of State Corporations and heads of statutory boards would be replaced.
Meanwhile, a number of Ministers have spoken of a possible Cabinet re-shuffle that is expected to take place soon. Minister of Highways, Johnston Fernando said it was the President’s prerogative to carry out a Cabinet re-shuffle.
Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Trade said if he is unable to carry out the obligations entrusted to him or has exploited State power, his portfolio should be revoked, and that this change should take place both in Cabinet ranks as well as in State entities.
Meanwhile, Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena debunking the Cabinet re-shuffle story said it was a media fabrication and the Constitution gave the prerogative to the President to change portfolios of Ministers at any given time.
Minister of Health, Keheliya Rambukwella said matters were being handled as they should be and that he will continue to do his best till the end.