Muslim MPs to re-assume duties in ministerial portfolios

Muslim MPs to re-assume duties in ministerial portfolios

12 July 2019 12:18 pm

Muslim members of parliament, who resigned from ministerial portfolios over allegations to have connections with Easter bombings, have decided to re-assume duties in their respective ministries.

This was, when a conversation regarding the concern was carried out in Parliament yesterday (11). 

However, since the President is out of the country, the decision is yet to be informed. The Prime Minister has been informed regarding the decision. 

Following the events of the Easter Sunday (April 21), Muslim ministers were heavily denounced by many parties alleging to have connections with the terrorist attacks, and former minister Rishard Bathiudeen and former governors Azad Salley and Mohamed Hizbullah were accused by Parliamentarian Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thera, who had launched a death fast demanding their dismissal as well. 

Therefore, the said Muslim government officials willfully resigned from their respective portfolios stressing the government to conduct an independent investigation to prove their innocence. 

Following resignation from their respective portfolios, parties, including the Chief Prelates, requested them to re-assume the duties.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had informed the Secretary General of Parliament that former minister Bathiudeen has no connections whatsoever to either of the said terrorist groups. 

It is also said that the Muslim MPs decided to accept their former positions, as the no-confidence motion presented by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) against the government was defeated.

Accordingly, the Muslim MPs will re-assume their respective portfolios soon the President arrives back to the island.