Mangala Samaraweera, who now holds two powerful portfolios –Finance and Media was once a bitter opponent of Ranil Wickramasinghe. He once spearheaded a political campaign for Mahinda Rajapaksha depicting RW as Mr. Bean. He also was on the werge of abending the UNP camp and joining the Rajapaksha camp just before the rainbow halabalu of January 8TH.
Even the usually calm RW panicked and Madam CBK had to intervene as everyone among the greens knew how important Mangala was in defeating Rajapaksha. Subsequent to the victory of January 8th Mangala proved himself in the prtfolio of Foreign minister, as an effective and efficient statesman.
In politics, the 1% aspiration and 99% perspiration theory doesn’t work and it seems that Mangala has understood this the hard way.
Last week he displayed his loyalty to RW in public . He was at the cabinet meeting with a cake. The reson for celebration was the 40th anniversary of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s entry into mainstream politics
Both President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe cut the cake together whilst the ministers clapped. Minister Samaraweera who has a reputation for clean hands is beco, eing a strong allay of RW. It should not be difficult as Ranil and Mangala both could comfortably read from the same sheet when it comes to the national question and liberalization of