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Lanka situation worsening, says JVP MP

The JVP yesterday alleged that the country’s situation had taken a turn for the worse since the appointment of a new Cabinet of ministers.

JVP parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had retained the five most important ministries and the Defence Ministry had taken over the Urban Development Authority for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history.

Addressing a media conference at JVP headquarters in Battaramulla, he said the new Ministers were now blaming previous administrations for issues such as corruption.

Dissanayake alleged that the UPFA Ministers would have several opportunities to amass wealth through tenders and contracts offered to their kith and kin.

The UPFA government had announced that the new appointments were valid for six months only, he said adding that some Cabinet appointments violated Parliamentary rules and regulations because some Ministers were sworn in on April 24 while some others had taken oaths on April 30.

He claimed the allocation of Cabinet posts had also been irregular because some ministers might not have the powers to manage their Ministries.

MP Dissanayaka said the country faced a severe shortage of medical equipment and drugs for the first time and the Health Minister had said that he would need three months to find a solution.

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