President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a widely publicised interview with the Al-Jazeera network yesterday admitted to having religious extremists and right wing extremists in his cabinet of ministers.
“Right wing extremists are there, religious extremists are there – the Tamils, the Sinhala, the Muslims – we have all these people in the cabinet. They are all working together and I have to manage them,” President Rajapaksa told an Interviewer from Al-Jazeera.
The reporter was asking the President about charges by UN high Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that some of his Ministers had abused her and called her the Tamil Tigress in the UN. “Even one of your own brothers she says,” the reporter said.
“This is a democracy. Individual MPs, Ministers and officials can say anything they want,” the President replied.
Rajapaksa said he had the world’s only Trotskyite cabinet member in his cabinet.