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Ketagoda to replace State Minister Cabraal

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to appoint former MP Jayantha Ketagoda to fill the parliamentary seat left vacant by the resignation of State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal.,said the SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam.


Ketagoda’s name submitted for vacant MP Seat


The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to appoint former MP Jayantha Ketagoda to the vacancy created by the resignation of State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam confirmed.

Accordingly, Cabraal has handed over the letter of resignation to the Secretary-General of Parliament, and will soon take up the post of Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

After the 2020 General Election, Ketagoda, who was elected to Parliament on the SLPP National List, resigned in July, allowing Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa to take his place.

The SLPP’s General Secretary, addressing the media at party headquarters today, said that the SLPP will follow the required procedures to re-appoint Jayantha Ketagoda to Parliament via the National List.

Moreover, Kariyawasam said that the whole country should join hands to combat the pandemic instead of fighting for personal gain in troubled times. “Trade Unions are currently insensitive towards National goals and the crises the country is facing. When the time is right, the Government will assist to obtain their rights, but currently, this is the worst time to bring forward personal demands,” he added.

Power Minister Gamini Lokuge, also addressing the media said the Government did not enforce pay cuts for teachers during the last one and a half years, yet teachers are hindering students’ education.

“During the last few days, a rice crisis occurred. Although the matter was discussed and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa endeavoured to find a solution, it did not end positively.

Therefore, rice stocks were taken over under the State of Emergency, and they are now released to the market. Thus, at the moment, there is a controlled price for rice in the market.

Different people worked to create various goods shortages, but it will be impossible with the prompt actions of this Government,” he added. He also added that the deaths and number of infected COVID-19 patients are gradually decreasing, which is a good sign.

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