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* SLMC decides not to accept ministerial posts until issues are resolved
Mon, Jul 22, 2019, 12:39 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, an ally of the government has decided not to accept ministerial portfolios until the proper solutions for the issues of the Muslims are resolved, Parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem says.

He made this statement to the media after the SLMC supreme council held a special meeting yesterday to decide whether to resume the ministerial portfolios left by the Muslim ministers of the government.

Speaking to the media, former minister Rauf Hakeem said the present problems need to be resolved before they can accept the ministerial portfolios again and they have informed the government of the issues. "We need to see an atmosphere of resolving those issues swiftly. No decision has been made yet and may take some time."

Responding to the journalists, parliamentarian Hakeem said they were aware that the allegations against them were baseless and that's why they resigned. "We knew from the beginning the allegations against us were baseless and we allowed a certain time to prove that. However, new issues have been risen and we need definite solutions for them."

Hakeem said they will hold discussions with the Prime Minister Monday and inform him of the party's decision.

All Muslim ministers including cabinet, state and deputy ministers in the Sri Lankan government resigned from their ministerial portfolios on June 3rd citing the government's failure to ensure the safety of Muslims following Easter Sunday attacks.

However, UNP Ministers Kabir Hashim and MHA Haleem re-accepted their ministerial portfolios on June 19.


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