Ronnie De Mel receives cabinet portfolio
[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 August 2000, 14:16 GMT]
Veteran UNP politician and former finance minister Mr. Ronnie De Mel, who crossed over to the ruling PA recently, was appointed as the Minister of Industrial Development Thursday.
Mr. Ronnie de Mel served as minister of finance for eleven years from 1977 when the United National Party was in power.
Mr. Mel was a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) when it was in power in the 70s. He crossed over to the UNP on the eve of the 1977 general elections. He crossed over to the PA (the chief constituent of which is the SLFP) in 1990 but joined the UNP again in 1994. His latest switch was on 6 July.