COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president expanded his cabinet to 67 members yesterday by adding five new ministers while key figures involved in the recent impeachment of the country’s chief justice were handed promotions.
A government statement did not say why President Mahinda Rajapaksa carried out the expansion, but two ministers involved in impeaching Shirani Bandaranayake received high-profile portfolios.
Technology Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, the first to make allegations against Bandaranayake, was given the electricity ministry while Environment Minister Anura Yapa who headed the impeachment process was elevated to the petroleum ministry.
The president inducted a new minister for investment promotion, which was previously handled by the president’s brother Basil.
Bo trial not until March: Report
BEIJING: Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will not stand trial until March at the earliest, state media said yesterday, as dozens of journalists descended on a court rumoured to be hearing his case this week.
Speculation mounted last Friday that details of the biggest scandal to hit the ruling Communist Party in decades would be heard yesterday at a court in the southwestern city of Guiyang, after a report in a Hong Kong newspaper.
But the state-run Global Times newspaper, citing “a source close to the country’s top judicial body”, said the trial would not take place until after China’s annual legislative meeting in March.
“The information in terms of the date and location for the trial will certainly be made public in advance,” the source told the state-run newspaper, adding that the trial “might be very complicated and last up to 10 days”.
The “complexity” meant the trial would not be heard until after the sessions of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, and advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the source added.
The annual meetings are scheduled to take place in early March.