ECONOMYNEXT – Ten new cabinet ministers were appointed by Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday (23), bringing total appointments to 10 so far since the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister earlier this month.
The following MPs were sworn in as ministers Monday morning before President Rajapaksa.
Douglas Devananda: Minister of Fisheries
Bandula Gunawardena: Minister of Transport &#38; Highways, and Mass Media
Keheliya Rambukwella: Minister of Water Supply
Mahinda Amaraweera: Minister of Agriculture, and Forest Resources and Wildlife
Ramesh Pathirana: Minister of Industries
Vidura Wickramanayake: Minister of Buddhashasana, Religious, and Cultural Affairs
Ahamed Naseer: Minister of Environment
Roshan Ranasinghe: Minister of Irrigation, and Sports and Youth Affairs
Notably, newly sworn in Agriculture Minister Mahinda Samaraweera represents the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which had said it would not be taking any cabinet positions within the government. The party has yet to respond to Amaraweera’s appointment.
Previously sworn in Ports and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva also represents the SLFP. (Colombo/May23/2022)