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From Mass Media to Water Supply Charge, Prez Rajapaksa Swears in 8 More Ministers Amid Sri Lanka Crisis

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Image: Reuters/File)

President Rajapaksa on Friday had expanded his Cabinet to incorporate 9 extra ministers in an effort to make sure stability till a full Cabinet is fashioned

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  • Last Updated:May 23, 2022, 12:55 IST
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday expanded the Cabinet with the induction of eight extra ministers however he didn’t appoint a finance minister to deal with the financial affairs of the crisis-hit nation. The new ministers who had been sworn in embrace Douglas Devananda – Minister of Fisheries; Bandula Gunawardana – Minister of Transportation & Highway, and Mass Media; Keheliya Rambukwella – Minister of Health, Water Supply; Ramesh Pathirana – Minister of Industries; and Mahinda Amaraweera – Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation, the Economy Next information portal tweeted.

The different ministers had been Vidura Wickramanayaka – Minister of Buddhasasana, Religion and Culture; Naseer Ahamed – Minister of Environment; and Roshan Ranasinghe – Minister of Irrigation, Sports and Youth.

President Rajapaksa on Friday had expanded his Cabinet to incorporate 9 extra ministers in an effort to make sure stability till a full Cabinet is fashioned within the debt-ridden island nation engulfed within the worst financial disaster since its independence.

The ministers had been sworn in after a delay of greater than per week for the reason that president appointed new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Rajapaksa reappointed five-time former Sri Lankan prime minister Wickremesinghe, after his predecessor – the president’s brother Mahinda Rajapaksa – resigned within the wake of violent assaults by his supporters on peaceable anti-government protesters. His resignation routinely dissolved the Cabinet, leaving an administrative vacuum.

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