Colombo, August 12
Sri Lanka’s new Cabinet, together with 4 members of the highly effective Rajapaksa household, took oath on Wednesday with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa retaining the important thing defence ministry whereas the finance portfolio went to newly elected Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after their get together swept the parliamentary ballot final week.
President Gotabaya administered the oath of workplace to the 28-member Cabinet, which is 2 lower than the 30 allowed by the Constitution. He additionally appointed 40 state ministers. The swearing-in ceremony was held within the central city of Kandy. President Gotabaya retained the ministry of defence, whereas his elder brother Prime Minister Mahinda has been assigned finance, city growth and Buddhist affairs ministries.
Mahinda’s elder son Namal Rajapaksa has been named the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports — a primary time Cabinet place since he entered Parliament in 2010.
The eldest brother of the president, Chamal Rajapaksa was named irrigation minister along with being the state minister of inside safety. His son Shasheendra Rajapaksa has additionally been given a state ministry.
One of the principle options within the Cabinet is that whereas the veteran politician, Dinesh Gunawardena, has been re-named the international minister, a brand new state ministry of regional cooperation affiliated to the international ministry has been created. — PTI