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Ratnayake confident of Cabinet reduction

A senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister yesterday said that he is confident that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would reduce the number of ministers to between 35 and 40 in the next Cabinet of the UPFA Government.

Livestock Development Minister R. M. C. B. Ratnayake told The Island yesterday the government was confident of a two third majority at the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

"It is now up to the people to do as they did at the Presidential Elections.

The 60 per cent who are patriots would vote for the Government and the rest, the unpatriotic would vote against. I believe, as the President said, that there is only one race in Sri Lanka. When Murali took wickets we did not consider him as a Tamil but a Sri Lankan. Like in India, where everyone thinks of himself as Indian, Sri Lankans also should think as Sri Lankans," he said.

A future Cabinet of the UPFA Government would concentrate only on the economic war unlike the previous Cabinet that concentrated more on the war against terrorism, Ratnayake said.

He said that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna tried its best to gain undue mileage through the recent Dayagama cattle farmers protest. "Now that protest is settled. I can tell them that the protest was launched in my electorate and I have settled it within days," he said.

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