President moves to rebuild Govt’s image; cracks within UNP widens

[ Sunday Times ] - [ Jul 28, 2012 23:19:58 GMT ]

In the light of mounting public discontent over a number of recent issues, President Mahinda Rajapaksa cracked the whip on his cabinet ministers this week. It came when they had finished their usual business of approving cabinet papers last Wednesday evening. During “any other business” listed in the agenda, Rajapaksa took up one issue after another. He referred to the incident where Industries and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is alleged to have abused the Mannar Magistrate Anthonypillai Judeson, requested him to change an order he had made about fishing rights in the area, and instigated mob attacks on the court premises. [ full story ]

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