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Six Sri Lankan ministers quit Sirisena-led unity govt

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Six ministers of unity government in resigned today, days after they voted against in the no trust motion moved by the

The ministers, who were from the Sirisena-led ruling Freedom Party (SLFP) which is a coalition partner in the unity government with the Wickremesinghe-led (UNP), sent their resignation to the late last night.

We have informed the that we are leaving the government as of midnight yesterday," said.

The other ministers who have resigned include Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S B Dissanayake, Minister John Seneviratne, Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha and and Vocational Training Chandima Weerakkody.

Yapa and the five ministers had voted against Wickremesinghe in the last week's no trust motion brought by former President (JO), following which the members had been demanding their ouster from the government.

Ten other state and had also voted against the

Yapa said they were aware that it was not ethical for them to remain in the Cabinet after voting against the PM. We will now act as members, we will not be joining the JO. Our duty will be to promote the from now on, he added.

The other ministers, who had remained absent from the House during the no-confidence motion, will remain in the government, sources said.

The country had plunged into a political crisis after the victory of Rajapaksa's newly formed party in elections to 10 local councils in February.

It won two thirds of the 340 council seats, trouncing the parties headed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe.

Sirisena immediately urged the resignation of Wickremesinghe but he stood ground. The also was faced with resignation calls by at least two of his own party ministers.

With strong backing from the Tamil and Muslim minority parties, including some allies of Sirisena, Wickremesinghe romped home dealing political blows on both Sirisena and Rajapaksa.

The resignation of minister has now triggered a Cabinet reshuffle, officials said.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 11:35 IST