Sri Lanka's PM delays naming cabinet
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 April 2004, 10:17 GMT]
Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister of the minority government postponed the naming of his new cabinet to either Thursday or Friday, foreign news agencies reported from Colombo. The cabinet was earlier expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka's Prime Ministers party, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) falling short of eight seats to win absolute majority, is continuing discussions with other parties to find supporters to form a coalition government.
"Talks had been held with the Ceylon Workers' Congress, which holds eight seats, but its leader, Arumugam Thondaman, has now left for a trip to India," a BBC news story said.
The Ceylon Worker's Congress (CWC) contested the elections under Mr.Wickremesinghe's United National Front (UNF) ticket but a pre-poll agreement allows it to switch parties, according to the report.