The president has taken the decision on the advice of his senior advisors, who have considered various opinions with regard to clause 46 of the 19th amendment to the constitution.
With this development, a cabinet reshuffle with the PM’s agreement will take place today (23), say political sources.
This has caused worries for the SLFP ministers who have been demanding Wickremesinghe’s ouster.
Speaking to the media yesterday, joint opposition’s Udaya Gammanpila said 25 SLFP MPs would leave the government to protest a continuation of the government.
At the president’s request, considerable changes will be effected to portfolios being held by UNP ministers, say government sources.
The UNP has 30 out of the 40 cabinet positions.