Former Highways Minister Johnston Fernando is reported to have sought a cabinet portfolio from President Ranil Wickremesinghe since a new cabinet was sworn in a few months ago, the Daily Mirror learns.
Political sources said that the ministry he has sought is the Trade Portfolio.
However, his request is yet to be approved by the President who recently said that he would not be handing out anymore portfolios anytime soon following the latest appointments of Jeevan Thondaman and Pavithra Wanniarachchi as cabinet ministers.
The President had reportedly told his cabinet that he had no more intentions of expanding his cabinet further anytime soon.
Meanwhile after reading the Daily Mirror article, Nipun Ekanayake, Media Secretary to Johnston Fernando, in a brief statement sent via Whatsapp to the Daily Mirror journalists said that Johnston had not requested for any portfolio from anyone.
Denying the move, Ekanayake further said that the Daily Mirror should have contacted the Minister for a comment before publishing the news story but what Ekanayake fails to realize is that Johnston was contacted by the Daily Mirror journalist but he failed to answer. Further, Ekanayake himself was contacted by the journalist but he too failed to respond to the telephone calls.
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