Ex-PM tipped to be Deputy Defense Minister

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 2004, 11:25 GMT]
A former Prime Minister and a Sinhala hardliner in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Mr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayake is tipped to be appointed as Minister for Buddhasasana Affairs and the Deputy Minister for Defense next week, government sources said.

Three national list parliamentarians of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government Mr. Janadasa Peiris, Mrs. Mary Lucida and Mr.B.C.Weerasekara last week tendered their resignation letters to the Parliamentary Secretary General making way for Mr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and two others to enter the parliament when its meet on May 18th . The other two are Mr. Mervyn Silva and Mr.Jayamapthay Wickramaratne, sources said.

Constitutional Lawyer Mr.Jayamapthay Wickremaratne is likely to be appointed as the Minister for Constitutional affairs, government sources said

 

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