New Sri Lankan cabinet to be sworn in on April 21
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 13 April 2010, 09:29 GMT]
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has been working on the formation of his
new cabinet limited between 35-40 ministers with equal number of
deputy ministers, scheduled to be sworn in on April 21, the day before
the new parliament is to commence its sitting. A decision has already
been taken to re-appoint Ratnasiri Wickremanayake as the Prime
Minister to pacify other contenders for the post, political sources
Senior Minister D.M.Jayaratne, Maithripala Sirisena are among those
who have been vying the post of Prime Minister.
Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa has finally decided to appoint Ratnasiri Wickremanayake to quell the resentment in the ruling party United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
The post of Foreign Minister is likely to go to a national list
parliamentarian of the UPFA national list as the incumbent Rohitha
Bogollagama lost the election in securing preferential votes.
The posts of Ministry
of Health and Ministry of Education, held currently by Nimal Siripala de Silva and Susil Premjayantha, would also go new faces, sources close to Mahinda Rajapaksa told media.