Fresh cracks in Alliance government

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

A top official of a Muslim ally of Sri Lanka’s minority government quit his position as the head of a state enterprise, fuelling speculation that his party may also leave the government. A top official of a Muslim ally of Sri Lanka’s minority government quit his position as the head of a state enterprise, fuelling speculation that his party may also leave the government. M. L. A. Mohamed Hisbullah, who resigned as Chairman of Airport And Aviation Services Ltd, the state entity that runs the country’s commercial airports, is the Deputy Leader of the National Unity Alliance, headed by Mrs Ferial Ashraff, who is a cabinet minister.

The party has wanted the Muslims to be signatories to the tsunami aid sharing deal signed with the Tamil Tigers.

Both the NUA and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, another Muslim party in the oppostion has voiced strongly advocated that Muslims be given equal status in the deal with the Tigers.