Sri Lanka President Reshuffles Cabinet


Sri Lanka's president reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday after the defection of several ministers from his party, but the changes did not impress some market watchers looking for an end to the country's political uncertainty.

President Maithripala Sirisena shifted 18 cabinet members, including reassigning posts once held by defectors from his ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

The government has struggled to deliver on its 2015 campaign promises to impose fiscal discipline as recommended by multi-lateral lenders, reform the constitution to give more power to the provinces, and begin an international probe in alleged war crimes during the final phase of Sri Lanka's civil war which ended in 2009.

"The country does not need a cabinet reshuffle at this point, but reforms to restructure the country," said Victor Ivan, an independent political columnist.

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