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UNP dissidents, SLMC join UPFA government, appointed ministers

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 January 2007, 09:28 GMT]
The first major cabinet reshuffle of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government took place Sunday morning in the Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat. Dissident parliamentarians of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) joined the Sri Lankan government. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Rauff Hakeem also joined the government. UNP dissident Karu Jayasuriya becomes Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister, Milinda Moragoda, the new Minister of Tourism and G.L.Peiris, Minister of Export Promotion and International trade. Mangala Samaraweera loses his Foreign Ministry portfolio. Rohitha Bogollagama has been appointed new Foreign Minister.

Rohitha Bogollagama is sworn as Foreign Minister in front of SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake retains his Prime Minister post in the reshuffle.

Mangala Samaraweeara retains Port Development and Aviation portfolio.

Anura Bandaranaike, who lost his Tourism Ministry, took oaths as Minister of National Heritage and Milinda Morogoda is the new Minister for Tourism.

Dissident parliamentarians took oaths as cabinet ministers, non-cabinet rank ministers and project ministers in the presence of SL President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Milinda Moragoda, the new Minister of Tourism
Karu Jayasuriya swearing as Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister


Karu Jayasuriya, former deputy leader of the UNP and currently leading the dissident group was appointed Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs.

SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem took oaths as Minister of Posts and Telecommunication.

Other portfolios:

  • P.Dayaratna - Planning Implementation
  • Dharmadasa Banda - Additional Plantation Crops
  • M.H. Mohamed - Parliamentary Affaris
  • Gamini Lokuge - Sports
  • Bandula Gunawardana - Trade, Marketing development and Consumer Affairs
  • Mahinda Wijesekara - Special projects
  • Dr. Rajitha Senaratna - Construction and Engineering Services


Sri Lanka's Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem (L) is sworn as Minister of Post and Telecommunication in front of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo January 28, 2007. (REUTERS)


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