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“Removal not unexpected; it’s a blessing for my political future”

Susil Premajantha says his removal from the state ministerial portfolio was not unexpected, and that it will be a blessing for his political future.

Speaking to the media after the president stripped him of his position as state minister of education reforms, open universities and distance learning promotion this morning (04), Premajayantha said he would now return to his legal practice.

He said he got to know about his removal only through the media, adding the executive president has the powers to appoint or remove anyone without giving reasons.

The MP referred to the criticism he made of the policy failures of the agriculture minister two days ago, and said it could have been raised at the cabinet meeting on the following day.

Hinting that he knew what was going to happen, Premajayantha said it would have been quite surprising had he not been removed.

“Going by the country’s present path and how the economic affairs are managed, it is apparent to where we are leading. Our talking about such things is in fact talking on behalf of the people. A government cannot be corrected if a voice is not raised from the side of the public.”

The MP added that rather than the decision it had taken with regard to him, the government should be concerned more about the other decisions it was taking.

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