Several key ministers are to be swapped in a cabinet reshuffle in February, a government Minister told The Sunday Leader.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Minister said that at least two new ministries are expected to be introduced as part of the reshuffle.
The Minister revealed that at least four key ministers are expected to be swapped as they had requested the change.
“The swap will be done in a cordial manner,” the Minister said.
The reshuffle comes amidst a deepening rift between some members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party in the government.
Some members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party have been accusing each other of attempting to destabilise the government.
Key United National Party members were expected to meet President Maithripala Sirisena last week to call for unity among members of the cohabitation government. The cohabitation government will be celebrating its second anniversary next weekend. Over the past two years minor rifts have emerged in the government but both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had assured that the government will remain united for the next five years.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, however, had told reporters last week that he intends on overthrowing the government this year.
The joint opposition led by Rajapaksa has said that some Sri Lanka Freedom Party members in the government will extend support to the opposition to change the government.