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JO demands sacking of Minister Musthapha


The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday demanded that President Maithripala Sirisena immediately remove Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapaha from his ministerial portfolio as he had failed to perform his duties.

Addressing the JO’s weekly media briefing at the Dr. N. M Perera Centre in Borella, Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPJP) Chairman Prof. G.L Peiris said Minister Musthapha should take the full responsibility for postponing the LG polls for two and a half years and violating people’s franchise.Minister Musthapha was not a UNPer, he was a member of President’s party and, therefore, immediate steps should be taken against him, Prof. Peris said.

The Court of Appeal, on Wednesday, issued notice on Minister Musthapha and the Secretary to the Ministry. The Court suspended till Dec. 4, the operation of the gazette dated, Feb. 17, 2017, pertaining to the holding of elections to the local authorities, depending on the delimitation of wards and the specification of the number of members as recommended by a committee appointed by the Minister.


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