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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2422

New Provincial Council Ministers

Colombo, 17 May, (Asiantribune.com): Four East Provincial Council Ministers were sworn in yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat after Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapakse as the Chief Minister of the East Provincial Council. Swearing-in  ceremony of East Provincial Council MinistersSwearing-in ceremony of East Provincial Council Ministers

The newly sworn in Ministers are as follows:

Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan: Chief Minister was also sworn in as the Minister of Finance and Planning, Law and Order, Local Government, Local Administration, Human Resources, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Rural Development and Tourism and Environment.

Thuraiappa Navaratnaraja: sworn in as Agriculture, Livestock Development, Rural Industries Development and Fisheries Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council.

Wimalaweera Dissanayaka: sworn in as Education, Cultural Affairs, Land and Land Development and Transport Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council.

Meera Saibu Uthuma Lebbe: sworn in as the Provincial Minister for Road Development, Irrigation, Housing and Construction, Rural Electricity and Water Supply.

Swearing-in  Ceremony  of East Provincial Council Members Belonging to UPFA ( Pix by Sudath Silva)Swearing-in Ceremony of East Provincial Council Members Belonging to UPFA ( Pix by Sudath Silva)

Also at the swearing in Ceremony representatives elected to the Eastern Provincial Council Somasuntheram Pushparaja, Sinnathambi Selvaraja, Karunasinghe Thevarapperuma, A. Amir Mohammed Lebbe, Meera Lebbe Thulkar Naeem from the Ampara district, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Nagalingam Thiraviyam, Edwin Silva Krishnanandaraja, from the Batticaloa district and M.K.D.S. Gunawardena, Satak Lebbe Mohammed Hassan Moulavi, Ariyawathie Galappatti, Ajju Mohammed Faiz from Trincomalee were also sworn in as Members of the Eastern Provincial Council.

Also s Rasiah Thurai Ratnam who contested the election from the Tamil Democratic National Alliance was also sworn in as a Member.

M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, Yawwar Saly and M. Subair of the Hizbullah group were not present. Many Muslim Ministers stayed away from the swearing in ceremony to show their resistance for government failing to appoint Hizbullah as the Chief Minister of the East.

According to a spokesman in the Presidential Secretariat, a separate Ministerial portfolio has been allocated for the Muslim representatives from the Batticaloa district.

The appointment of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Chief Government Whip and the Leader of the House will take place later.

- Asian Tribune -

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