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Muslim lawmakers rejoin Sri Lankan cabinet


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Sri Lanka’s Muslim lawmakers who resigned following the bombing of Easter celebrations rejoins the government, officials said yesterday.

It came as police discovered they were not involved with extremists.

Nearly 100 people linked to local militants were arrested after the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels that claimed 258 lives.

Nine Muslim lawmakers, some of them cabinet ministers, resigned in early June after a Buddhist lawmaker demanded their dismissal and accused them of militant involvement.

Muslim lawmakers, state ministers and deputies recently resigned, sworn in before the president last night,” the president’s office said in a statement.

Spokesmen said they decided to receive their portfolios after police made sure they had nothing to do with the militants involved in the bombings.

Islamic leaders said their communities, which make up 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s 21 million people, were victims of violence, hate speech and harassment following the attack.

Following the bombing, an anti-Islam riot erupted in a town north of Colombo, leaving one Muslim man dead and hundreds of homes, shops and mosques destroyed.

Read also: Sri Lanka explosions: 185 dead, 400 injured

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