Accordingly, former Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who was forced to resign last August now gets the Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry. Kabir Hashim who was recently made Chairman of the United National Party (UNP) and held the Higher Education portfolio, was sworn in as the Minister of Highways and Road Development.
Wijeyadasa famously said that he would be ashamed to remain in such a cabinet when he was sacked last year.
Meanwhile Mahinda Amaraweera (UPFA General Secretary of the SLFP-led United People’s Freedom Alliance) was sworn in as the Ministry of Agriculture while the SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake who earlier held that portfolio was appointed as the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management.
In other ‘scientific’ appoinments, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka (UNP) was made the Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development.
This was the second Cabinet reshuffle that took place within the first four months of the year. Also, four acting Cabinet Ministers were sworn in on April 12 following the resignation of six SLFP Cabinet Ministers.
The President’s Media Division said that apart from these 18 appointments other ministers in the cabinet will continue to function in their respective portfolios, while the reshuffle of State Ministers and Deputy Ministers will be announced tomorrow morning (May 2).
01 Lakshman Kiriella – Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development
02 Sarath Amunugama – Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Hill Country Heritage
03 S. B Navinna – Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development
04 Mahinda Amaraweera – Minister of Agriculture
05 Duminda Dissanayake – Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management
06 P. Harrison – Minister of Social Empowerment
07 Kabir Hashim – Minister of Highways and Road Development
08 Ranjith Maddumabandara – Minister of Public Administration and Management, Minister of Law and Order
09 Thalatha Athukorala – Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms
10 Faiszer Musthapha – Minister of Sports, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government
11 Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa – Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy
12 D.M. Swaminathan – Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs
13 Sagala Ratnayake – Minister of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development
14 Mano Ganesan – Minister of National Co-existence, Reconciliation and Official Languages
15 Daya Gamage – Minister of Social Welfare and Primary Industries
16 Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka – Minister of Sustainable Development , Wildlife and Regional Development
17 Ravindra Samaraweera – Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations
18 Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe – Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs