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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Minister of Planning and Economic Development before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago.

Mangala Samaraweera was sworn in as the External Affairs Minister, Karu Jayasuriya as Buddha Sasana Minister, Joseph Michael Perera as Home Affairs Minister and Patali Champika Ranawaka was sworn in as Power and Energy Minister while Rajitha Senaratne was sworn in as the Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister.

Twenty seven Cabinet ministers in total were sworn in before the President at the Presidential Secretariat.
List of Cabinet Minister, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers
1.    Ranil Wickremesinghe- Policy Planning and Economic Development
2.    John Amaratunga – Public Security, Christian Religious Affairs and Disaster Management
3.    Gamini Jayawickrama Perera - Food Security
4.    Karu Jayasuriya –Public Administration, Democratic Rule and Buddha Sasana
5.    Rajitha Senaratne - Health and Indigenous Medicine
6.    Joseph Michael Perera - Home Affairs
7.    Mangala Samaraweera - Foreign Affairs
8.    Lakshman Kiriella- Plantation Industries
9.    Rauf Hakeem - Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage
10.  Champika Ranawaka - Power and Energy
11.   Duminda Dissanayaka - Irrigation
12.   Mohamed Kabir Hasim - Highways and Investment Promotion
13.   M.K.D.S. Gunawardana - Lands  
14.   Sajith Premadasa - Housing and Samurdhi
15.   Gayantha Karunatilleke - Media
16.   Navin Dissanayaka - Tourism
17.   Ravi Karunanayake - Finance
18.   Wijedasa Rajapakshe - Justice
19.   Arjuna Ranatunga - Ports and Shipping
20.   D.M. Swaminathan - Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs
21.   Thalatha Athukorala - Foreign Employment
22.   Ranjith Maddumabandara – Internal Transport
23.   P. Harrison - Social Services and Welfare
24.   Chandrani Bandara – Women’s Affairs
25.   Rishad Bathiudeen – Industry and Commerce
26.   Akila Viraj Kariyawasam – Education
27.   P. Digambaram – Estate Infrastructure Development


1.    Nandimithra Ekanayake - Culture and Arts
2.    P. Radakrishnan - Education
3.    Faizer Musthafa - Aviation
4.    Palitha Range Bandara - Power and Energy
5.    Dilip Wedaarachchi - Fisheries
6.    Rosy Senanayake – Children’s Affairs
7.    Rajiva Wijesinghe - Higher Education
8.    Ruwan Wijewardene - Defence
9.    K. Welayuthan - Plantation Industries
10.   Niroshan Perera - Youth Affairs


1. Champika Premadasa – Industry and Commerce
2. Harsha de Silva - Policy Planning and Economic Affairs
3. Eran Wickramaratne - Highways and Investment Promotion
4. Sujeewa Senasinghe - Justice
5. Wasantha Senanayake - Tourism
6. Wijeyakala Maheshwaran – Women’s Affairs
7. Ajith P. Perera - Foreign Affairs
8. Anoma Gamage - Irrigation
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  • CDJ Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:11 PM

    i work at the ports authority. my view is Arjuna is a good selection for ports.

    M. Perera Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:50 AM

    Youth Affairs

    dissanayaka Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:51 AM

    Why there is suger minister?

    Nikolaus Lindemann Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:13 PM

    don worid Sarat Fonseka will komm to Power sun as posible, greet Gentlemen. I wish him all the best for the Future. My Gott bless You

    Kelum Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:14 PM

    wait.... more ministers will come up to fulfill balance disciplines...

    dissanayaka Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:54 AM

    I think he is not a parliamentarian to give a minister post.correct me if wrong

    Ruwan Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:00 AM

    Akila for education via DM Android App

    Darshan Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:31 PM

    combining the cabinet, wow. Great job president. Hope is still there.

    Citizen Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:26 AM

    New bottle, same old wine

    Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Tuesday, 13 January 2015 03:06 PM

    General Sarath Fonseka must be the Defence Minister. The government must restore his Civic Rights very soon and restore his Parlimentary seat held before Civic Rights were taken away and immediately make him the Minister of Defence.If it is not happened soon, it is going to be the first mistake of the present goverment.I am suspecting the track record of even Ranil Wickremasighe on National Issues as we can recall what he and the the UNPERS TOLD DURING THE WAR as I can remember they were telling Government forces have gone to Medawacchiya instead of Kilinochhiya. Besides, we can remember his soft corner towards terrorist Prabhakaran and always had the policy of dialogues with terrorist with a view to giving then North and East as one block including police and land powers.Chnadrika Bandaranayake tried to make 05 provinces in Sri Lanka and the North east was proposed to give to LTTE Terrorist. meanwhile, we shall recall the historic role played by JVP with their 35 members in the parliament preventing Chandrika and Ranil not to get two third majority and when JRJ made the NORTHEAST AS ONE province, JVP went to courts and separated it citing that it was unconstitutional.In the circumstances, I urge the general public to not to forget these happenings and people at the fore front of this deshadrohi proposals and who did real efforts to overturn those historic blunders and be vigilant about the moves of Ranil and Chandrika on National Questions.

    The God Father Monday, 12 January 2015 09:38 PM

    They said less than 30 ministers dude, sounds like you are real Namal. The country is Marching towards prosperity, in 3 months Mahinda will lose his own seat.

    DN Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:33 AM

    Couple of key ministries are missing like Agriculture, Sports , Youth affairs.

    DN Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:36 AM

    No need for wild life protection ministry as Vijithamuni Soysa is no more there.

    Dewendra Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:47 PM

    I too agree that Akila for education is a big mistake. Also Chandrani Bandara... Better than the previous one but still could have limited to 25..some important ministries still missing...seems like will have more to come..then there will not be any difference.

    abeyro Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:46 AM

    Why there is no "Sugar quoted" sweet minister. Is it because 4 million Sri Lankans affected by diabetics.

    Chandana Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:48 AM

    Hope you keep Sarath Fonseka in the Military wing,If a ministry has to be given you could give him Minister of Terrorism Control

    Esala Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:51 AM

    Arjuna Ranatunga - Ports and Shipping no experience.. Good for sports.Thalatha Athukorala - Foreign Employment what she can do in this ministeryone need for muslim Religious Affairs..

    AM Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:55 AM

    Still 27 10 8 every body is minister what a waste - Foreign Employment miinistry ????

    sri Monday, 12 January 2015 07:36 PM

    Almost one third of what we had. Good job !

    namal999 Monday, 12 January 2015 07:41 PM

    thought they said only 25 ministers.. loosing traction are we?

    Jude F Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:59 AM

    He cannot become a Minister since he is not a MP?

    mohideen Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:05 AM

    Just see the cost savings on security tamasha on defenders; fuel cahrges on defenders and other gasoline guzzling vehicles; private and persoal stooges etc... Well done... Good start.

    kumara Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:07 AM

    SF will have to get his civic rights restored to be considered. But why Arjuna for Ports and Shipping? What does he know other than cricket???

    rosh Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:06 AM

    Ravi for Finance Got to be kidding Harsha and Eran Deputies via DM Android App

    Sam Samarakone Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:09 AM

    Rajiva Wijesinha is a good choice.

    Mother Lanka Tuesday, 13 January 2015 03:58 AM

    Akila Viraj for Education??? What a shit! Ravi Karunanayake and Lakshman Kiriella do not have good records either.

    Barathy Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:15 AM

    I am not sure what P. Digambaram could do with Estate Infrastructure Development as he does not have the education nor the track record. If the government is serious about helping the tea plantain community they should have given the ministry to a person who feels for these marginalized community irrespective of what ethnicity they(MP) represent.

    lankason Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:27 AM


    Lanka Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:30 AM

    "Cabinet of not more than 25 members." This is the way they put in their 100 days plan. And they have appointed 10 State Ministers also. They also should be counted. because their working area is not similar to Cabinet Ministers. And no Minister for Sports related. If we are go behind the promises they said this is not acceptable. But it is a good move. and we have a hope.But its good than what we had.

    srilankan Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:31 AM

    I am totally agree with you and Mangala also not suitable for this post foreign affairs should go to PM.Finance must be go to Karu or Champika.Akilas selection is a big mistake

    Kanthisiri Perera. Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:51 AM

    Getting a chance to serve Mother Lanka is a Gods blessing.Use the opportunity to get the blessings of the Masses by doing a genuine service. Then you will be poured with blessings of the poor people heartsof the mother Lanka.

    Upul Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:05 AM

    Whwre is Sarath Fonseka

    M Daluwatte Tuesday, 13 January 2015 05:10 AM

    Why is there no Environment Minister or Wild Life Protection Minister?

    Patriot Abeywardena Tuesday, 13 January 2015 05:48 AM

    Why no Minister of Trade and no Minister of Sports?

    Yapa Tuesday, 13 January 2015 05:49 AM

    Higher education will continue to be in a mess, will deteriorate further

    willows Tuesday, 13 January 2015 05:59 AM

    Sir, Where is General Sarath Fonseka. Sincerely hope that you have not forgotten him?

    kan Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:36 AM

    Ravi is not the correct person for MOF, he has been charged several times before violating Foreign Exchange Laws and cases withdrawn.Over to the editor Daily Mirror.

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