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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will swear in about 20 State ministers on Wednesday to discharge the work of the new interim government, informed sources said.

Initially, the swearing-in ceremony was scheduled for today. However, it has now been postponed until Wednesday.

The State ministers rank below the Cabinet ministers but above the deputy ministers. The President can assign subjects to the state ministers by gazetting institutions under them. However, they are not authorised to submit Cabinet memoranda. Also, the President can appoint secretaries to the state ministries.

According to informed sources, among those listed to be appointed as State ministers are Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Keheliya Rambukwella and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.

Meanwhile, the gazette notification announcing the subjects of the new Cabinet of ministers will be issued today.

In addition, the President will appoint secretaries to the ministries today. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Citizen Perera Monday, 25 November 2019 09:10 AM

    same pillow with new cover

    Lokusalli Monday, 25 November 2019 09:57 AM

    How right you are ...and then why stop at 20 ...let's go for a record number !..after all it comes out of this wealthy country,s pocket

    KOLA KOTIYA Monday, 25 November 2019 09:36 AM

    SAME WINE IN A DIFFERENT BOTTLE

    Anmanpan Monday, 25 November 2019 10:00 AM

    The more the merrier!

    Ranjith Monday, 25 November 2019 10:01 AM

    Waste of public tax payers money Just to pleased them and keep them happy we don't need so many cabinet deputy and state ministers

    bule Monday, 25 November 2019 10:15 AM

    Old lot should pave the way to youngsters now thus supporting HE the President to make a new way forward

    Ranjith Monday, 25 November 2019 10:16 AM

    people expectations are not just clean roads walking paths and lakes expectations much higher than these better roads in Colombo , low cost of living tax reductions immediate relief etc

    Ranjith Monday, 25 November 2019 10:16 AM

    people expectations are not just clean roads walking paths and lakes expectations much higher than these better roads in Colombo , low cost of living tax reductions immediate relief etc

    Andrew Silva Monday, 25 November 2019 10:18 AM

    Who is going to wash the cover when it gets dirty.

    Ariyaseela Monday, 25 November 2019 11:10 AM

    Same wine, new bottle. Hoodwinked?

    Sokrates Monday, 25 November 2019 11:52 AM

    Out of the 15 Cabinet Ministers, just 5 have an academic background, with MR's being very questionable. How for example, could Gota appoint Arumugam Thondaman, an uneducated violent crook, who is only supported by a small number of Highland Tamils, as Cabinet Minister. A man who has had several court cases in Nuwara Eliya for violent hooliganism in recent years, and has even been kicked out of the Nuware Eliya Golf Club. What can you expect then from the State Miniters?

    Dilum Monday, 25 November 2019 12:02 PM

    Number has gone up to please many hungry people.


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