Home » News

Sri Lankan president sacks minister over dengue row

[AFP, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:03 No Comment]

ySMgNKnkA Sri Lanka’s president Tuesday sacked a maverick minister who had tied a state official to a tree as punishment for failing to control the spread of dengue fever in the country, an official said.

Highways minister Mervyn Silva was dismissed and his ruling party membership suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry, an official at the president’s office said.

"The president removed minister Silva from his post with immediate effect," the official said without elaborating.

Silva raised a storm of public protest after he used a rope to tie the local official to a tree as medieval punishment for allowing the spread of dengue which has claimed 171 lives in Sri Lanka this year.

[Full Coverage]

(For updates you can share with your friends, follow TNN on Facebook, Twitter and Google+)

Comments are closed.