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The swearing-in of the ministers of the new government that was scheduled for today has been postponed, for the second time, until Thursday (27). It is learnt that the Cabinet will comprise 51 ministers.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution restricts the Cabinet to 30 except in the case of a national government. In which case the number of Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers can be increased with the approval of parliament so as to accommodate members from the other parties who will join in forming the national government. The Cabinet minister will include the Prime Minister and the President with selected subjects coming under their purview.

The Ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Rehabilitation were sworn in yesterday with 25 more to be sworn in during the next few days and the rest to be sworn in after parliament meets on September 1.

It is learnt that last minute changes had been done to the subjects to be assigned to the ministers. The Power and Energy which was previously under the purview of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka will be handled by a different minister this time. Kurunegala district MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam will continue as Education Minister while Kakshman Kiriella, who was Plantation Minister will be assigned a different portfolio this time.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maitripala Sirisena will also hold Cabinet portfolios and barring them, 28 ministries will be assigned to the United National Party (UNP), 17 to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the balance to other parties including the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC). (Kelum Bandara)

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  • TONY Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:44 AM


    Wow 51! Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:51 AM

    Australia manage 1.5 $ trillion economy with 19 cabinet members. In Sri Lanka 51 members to manage 100 $ billion economy. What a sad state of affair for once glorious nation. UNP/SFLP family politics ruin entire nation for 70 years and will happily continue.

    justicia Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:59 AM

    The perahera has started

    Power Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:12 PM

    "The Power and Energy which was previously under the purview of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka will be handled by a different minister" - Please do assign such technical ministries to GOBs who do not know the difference of PHASE and FACE in Power Engineering.

    Ministries Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:16 PM

    When selecting a minister for the Education Ministries check whether the hopefuls know that Napoleon met his Waterloo during the First world war ! !

    Qualifications Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:21 PM

    Sobitha Thero - Rev Sir - Please insist that the qualifications of all Ministers be announced at the same time, when the swearing in takes place - even if they have only attended Montessori.

    M.I.S.Anam Tuesday, 25 August 2015 01:10 PM

    It is better Hon. Patali Champaka retain the same portfolio Power & Inergey as he has done a better job . via DM Android App

    brainmaster Tuesday, 25 August 2015 01:28 PM

    Can the country afford to keep such a large number of ministers ?

    boris Tuesday, 25 August 2015 01:36 PM

    This makes no sense and is too costly. Other countries have much less ministers.

    infant Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:55 AM

    Montessori they learn a lot - better also allow those who have at least attended INFANT SCHOOLS.

    uditha Wednesday, 26 August 2015 01:24 PM

    Australia has powerful state governments to each state. The role of the central government is limited.

    ibnuaboo Wednesday, 26 August 2015 09:25 PM

    Nothing difference between UPFA and UNPexcept letters. Why? Post of ministry is on sale in this government too..

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