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Sri Lanka opposition lawmakers defect to government

Sri Lanka opposition lawmakers defect to government

Sri Lanka's president reshuffled his Cabinet on Sunday, bringing in 10 new ministers from the main opposition party and cementing his majority in Parliament, an official said.
In total, 19 members of the opposition United National Party crossed over to Rajapakse's government on Sunday, presidential spokesman Lucien Rajakarunanayake said. Only 10 were sworn into Rajapakse's newly announced 52-member Cabinet, he said.
Another 6 members of the opposition Sri Lanka Muslim Congress also joined Rajapakse's administration, increasing its seats in Parliament to 113 _ a clear majority in the country's 225-member legislature.
Rajapakse's Sri Lanka Freedom Party has so far depended on 47 members from Marxists and a political party of Buddhist monks to pass legislation.


Updated : 2020-12-06 07:15 GMT+08:00