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18 Ministers sworn in at Cabinet reshuffle

1 May 2018 12:00 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Eighteen Cabinet Ministers were sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning.

This was the second Cabinet reshuffle that took place within the first four months of the year. Also, four acting Cabinet Ministers were sworn in on April 12 following the resignation of six SLFP Cabinet Ministers.

At today’s reshuffle, former Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who was sacked from the portfolio in August last year, was appointed as the Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs.

The Higher Education portfolio was previously held by Minister Kabir Hashim who was appointed as the Minister of Highways and Road Development today.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who was the Regional Development Minister, was sworn in as the Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development.

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, who was the Fisheries Minister, was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture while SLFP General Secretary who was the Minister of Agriculture was appointed as the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management.

Meanwhile, the two portfolios of Social Empowerment and Labour Relations which were previously held by UPFA Ministers, were given to two UNP Ministers.

Accordingly, UNP Ministers P. Harrison was appointed as the Minister of Social Empowerment while Ravindra Samaraweera was appointed as the Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations.

Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha who was the acting Minister of Sports, was sworn in as the Provincial Councils and Local Government and Sports Minister.

01 Lakshman Kiriella Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development
02 Sarath Amunugama Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Hill Country Heritage
03 S. B Navinna Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development
04 Mahinda Amaraweera Minister of Agriculture
05 Duminda Dissanayake Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management
06 P. Harrison Minister of Social Empowerment
07 Kabir Hashim Minister of Highways and Road Development
08 Ranjith Maddumabandara Minister of Public Administration and Management, Minister of Law and Order
09 Thalatha Athukorala Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms
10 Faiszer Musthapha Minister of Sports, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government
11 Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy
12 D.M. Swaminathan Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs
13 Sagala Ratnayake Minister of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development
14 Mano Ganesan Minister of National Co-existence, Reconciliation and Official Languages
15 Daya Gamage Minister of Social Welfare and Primary Industries
16 Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka Minister of Sustainable Development , Wildlife and Regional Development
17 Ravindra Samaraweera Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations
18 Wijedasa Rajapakshe Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs

  Comments - 12

  • Dhammika Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:10 PM


    Casanova Tuesday, 01 May 2018 03:38 PM

    Same horse different jockeys. How sad is to see that there aren't many intellectuals to run this show. Very pathetic.

    Lankaputha Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:12 PM

    Hope these fellows are honest and serves the people rather than filling their own pockets. Anyway good luck to them all and time will tell.

    Bala Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:21 PM

    Trapeze artistes - leave one rope and jump on another and swing to the hearts content.

    James BOND Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:58 PM

    You have forgotten the Monarch who was crowned as the best Finance Minister in this region !

    Sunil Tuesday, 01 May 2018 02:00 PM

    Scientific or not the pack of jokers have been reshuffled for no good, Are we not glad that the bank robber is not to be seen?

    Ad Tuesday, 01 May 2018 02:03 PM

    Just pack of cards.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 01 May 2018 02:20 PM

    Re-shuffle of a pack of cards is a fair comment but this is what has happened for the most part of the history.

    Banda Tuesday, 01 May 2018 02:35 PM

    සාදුකින් ඉන්නවුන් දැන් ඉතින් සැනසියවි

    Tuesday, 01 May 2018 03:29 PM

    18 maasekata da?

    Thomas Tuesday, 01 May 2018 02:59 PM

    Why Sajith Premadasa not included in the Cabinet??????

    caniska Tuesday, 01 May 2018 04:30 PM

    If we elect the same corrupt politicians every time, that’s a very clear message that we don’t want a change.A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. Sad that we don’t have anyone with statesman qualities in the current Sri Lankan parliament.There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or uneducated politicians.When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Sad to say that we will see any change or development in Sri Lanka for the future with the same incompetent people running the country. But most of all: the Sri Lankan PEOPLE need to start a revolution to get rid of these jokers who are ruining our country and taking people for a ride.

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