Weerawansa still a minister

National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa, who tendered his resignation as Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, will continue to remain as a cabinet minister and hold the same portfolio, a senior government spokesman said yesterday.

He said President Rajapaksa had not taken charge of Mr. Weerawansa’s letter of resignation sent on July 9 when the NFF leader was on a death fast outside the UN compound last week. “The President gave the letter back to the person who handed it over,” the spokesman added.

The Constitution stipulates that a Cabinet Minister resigns his office “by writing (a letter) under his hand addressed to the President”. Mr. Weerawansa did not attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Kilinochchi on Wednesday due to the death of his mother.

Besides Government and opposition leaders, the funeral was also attended by Russia’s acting Ambassador Evgeny N. Sergienko. He placed a floral wreath on behalf of his government.

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