SriLankan President sacked his deputy tourism minister

Vastavam web: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today sacked his deputy tourism minister for allegedly defying the party leadership, the second top minister removed from the government in less than a month.The president’s office said Arundika Fernando has been “dismissed from his portfolio with immediate effect”.
Fernando, a member of Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, had claimed that seven SLFP members would leave the government soon over corruption allegations against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP).A broad working arrangement between the SLFP and the UNP to run the government is set to end in December. But Sirisena and Wickremesinghe last week announced the government’s economic vision until 2020, indicating they had no intention of ending the alliance.Sirisena fired his then justice minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse on August 23 for criticising the government over its decision to sell a majority of shares in a sea port to China.
Sirisena was elected as president in January 2015 largely on the support of the UNP. Rajapaksa had sacked Sirisena from the SLFP for challenging him in the presidential election.