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Rajapaksa sacks three ministers

The three had ganged up against him on the issue of admitting 18 MPs from UNP, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 22:04 IST
PK Balachandran
PK Balachandran

The factional war within the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) intensified on Friday, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa sacked three ministers, including two high profile cabinet ministers, Mangala Samaraweera (Ports) and Anura Bandaranaike (National Heritage).

The third minister to be sacked was Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, the non-cabinet minister for Ports Development.

The three ministers had ganged up against Rajapaksa on the issue of admitting 18 MPs from the opposition United National Party (UNP) and giving them plum portfolios, downgrading the SLFP's long standing loyalists.

They had also complained about the President running the country with a coterie comprising his brothers.

On thurday, Bandaranaike told parliament that some anonymous callers, who he believed were close to the President, had threatened to skin him and Samaraweera alive and hang them.

First Published: Feb 09, 2007 21:07 IST