|Friday, 13 February 2004|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
by Anura Maitipe
Fourteen Ministers of the United National Front Government and six
powerful officials are facing allegations of bribery and corruption
amounting to billions of rupees.
President rejects Premier's claim
The Presidential Secretariat yesterday outrightly dismissed and
rejected an allegation and a claim by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
that the dismissal of three non-Cabinet ministers affected the relief
distribution work and matters pertaining to the peace process.
President tells PM:
If Milinda Moragoda wants to resign, let him do so in writing
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in a letter addressed to
the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe states that if Mr. Milinda
Moragoda, wishes to resign from his portfolio, he may be advised to do so
"by writing under his hand addressed to the President" as
provided by Article 47 (b) of the Constitution, states a press release
issued by the Presidential Secretariat.
Dismissals of 3 non-Cabinet ministers:
PM tells President relief work affected
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told President Chandrika
Bandaranaike Kumaratunga that her dismissal of three non-Cabinet rank
Ministers had seriously affected the affairs pertaining to relief work and
the peace process in the North-East.