Top ministers sacked in Sri Lanka
( 2003-11-04 17:27) (CNN)
Sri Lanka's president has sacked three key
ministers, throwing the stability of the nation's government into question.
Kumaratunga sacked the defense, interior and media ministers and fired other top
officials, sources from her office said.
wide executive powers.
No immediate reason was given for Tuesday's cabinet shakeup in the south
Asian nation, but analysts say the dismissals could throw the country into a
That could prove crucial as Colombo tackles the latest chapter in its
long-running battle against the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) rebels.
Just days ago, the rebels submitted a proposal for an interim administration
in the country's northeast.
But Kumaratunga rejected that and has now fired the ministers who've been
spearheading the fragile peace process.
For the past two decades, the Tigers have been fighting for a Tamil homeland.
More than 65,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands more have been
maimed and injured, many of them civilians caught in the middle.