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Muslim politicians reappointed as ministers

Kabir Hashim and MHA Haleem, who resigned earlier this month, have been reappointed to their previous ministerial posts.

Both of the UNP politicians were sworn in as ministers before President Maithripala Sirisena. Kabir Hashim was sworn in as Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development and MHA Haleem was sworn in as Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs.

On June 3, three ministers and five junior ministers resigned from their cabinet positions saying they had done so as a result of the “hate culture” against Muslims in government at present.

Their resignations followed mounting pressure from senior Buddhist clergy and politicians, as well as large scale protests calling for the arrest of one Muslim minister and two Muslim governors.

A meeting was held yesterday with the participation of Muslim ministers who resigned from their posts, to decide whether or not to accept their ministerial posts again. The meeting ended inconclusively.