The head of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress has said the lack of Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka’s latest cabinet is “just fine”, as he argued that the new government headed by an accused war criminal would treat all on the island fairly.
“They won with a majority,” Rishad Bathiudeen told reporters in Colombo.
“They can appoint the Cabinet as they want, that’s their right. If they see us too as Sri Lankans and if they treat us equally, that is enough for us.”
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Since Gotabaya Rajapaksa won last month’s presidential election, he has elevated military officials to senior positions and also appointed his brothers, Mahinda and Chamal in his new interim cabinet, to serve as ministers until the next parliamentary election.