Easter carnage: Muslim leaders rejoin Lanka govt

Colombo, July 30

Four Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who resigned following the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 persons, have rejoined the government after investigators found no link in their alleged involvement with a local Islamist extremist group.

Two Muslim leaders —  Rauff Hakeem, the leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, and Rishad Badiyudeen, the leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, — were sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena last night. Along with them, two more Muslims, a state minister and a deputy minister rejoined the government.

The ministers were among nine legislators, several of them Cabinet ministers, who resigned in early June after a Buddhist lawmaker demanded their sacking and accused them of terror links.  Badiyudeen was targeted over his alleged links to  extremist group National Thawheed Jammath.— PTI