Sri Lanka

A fifth minister crosses to opposition


A fifth minister has resigned from the Rajapaksa government to join the opposition in the forthcoming Presidential election.

Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Public Management Reforms, is the latest minister to abandon President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In his resignation letter he cited the broken promise of the President in his “Mahinda Chinthana” manifesto to abolish the Executive Presidency. The minister also cites ‘anomalies’ undertaken in certain Chinese projects in the country which he could not accept.

Last week Maithripala Sirisena, the General Secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Health Minister announced that he was crossing to the opposition and would stand against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 8th January 2015 Presidential election. Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake, and Buddhist Affairs Deputy Minister M.K.D.S. Gunawardena then joined Sirisena.

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