Controversial politician Ravi Karunanayake returned to the Cabinet not as the Minister of Finance, but as the Minister of Power and Energy and Enterprise Development.
Informed government sources, however, said as the Enterprise Development Minister Karunanayake will still have control over some institutions in the financial sector.
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and Palitha Range Bandara have been axed by the President from the list of Cabinet ministers. UNP sources confirmed that Fonseka and Range Bandara were nominated for Cabinet posts by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.
Wasantha Senanayake, who switched allegiance multiple times since the outbreak of the political crisis on October 26, was not given a Cabinet post despite widespread speculations.
Another highlight was the appointment of Malik Samarawickrama and Thilak Marapana as Cabinet ministers, despite their claims at the UNF parliamentary group meeting that they will not take up Cabinet posts.
Commenting on the Cabinet appointments of TPA Leader Mano Ganesan and ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen who also volunteered to stay out of the new Cabinet, Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the United National Front, as a political alliance, arrived at a decision to give them ministerial positions.
“We thought their appointments were necessary to ensure that the minority communities are duly represented in the Cabinet,” Abeywardena said, addressing a press conference at Temple Trees, a short while ago.