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Reshuffle of State Ministers and Deputy Ministers to take place today

Colombo, 02 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Re The reshuffle of State Ministers and Deputy Ministers would take place today at 10.30 a.m at the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s Media Division said.

It said 18 Cabinet ministers were appointed yesterday and the remaining Cabinet ministers will continue to function in their portfolios.

The SLFP lost two ministries in yesterday’s ‘scientific’ Cabinet reshuffle. Eighteen ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at his office.

Accordingly, UNP Ministers P. Harrison was appointed as the Minister of Social Empowerment while Ravindra Samaraweera was appointed as the Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations.

The SLFP lost two ministries in yesterday’s ‘scientific’ Cabinet reshuffle. Eighteen ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at his office.

Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, was left vacant following the resignation of John Seneviratne (SLFP), who voted for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Also the portfolio of Social Empowerment, previously held by S. B. Dissanayaka (SLFP).

Another highlight of yesterday’s reshuffle was the return of Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who was appointed Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs

In a comment, Hambantota electoral district Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa commented , “Only Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was given the portfolio based on a scientific method at the Cabinet reshuffle.”

He said that the same people who called Minister Fonseka “Kalawadda” (Common Palm Civet) had given him the Wildlife Ministry.

He also said that Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa had given the portfolio of fisheries and aquatic resources development, whereas he doesn’t have any access to sea .

In the meantime, Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka said he was satisfied with his ministry and that he had been given more responsibility than in the previous ministry.

“I will try to find a solution to the long lasting human-elephant conflict and to protect wildlife,” he told journalists outside the Presidential Secretariat this morning.

He said he was happy in the previous ministry where he was allocated funds to work for the people at grassroot level.

“I think I will be able to work for the people in rural areas under the new ministry,” he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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