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Fifty nine member cabinet sworn in, 18 new members

(November 22, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The new cabient of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa government was sworn in with 59 ministers including 10 senior ministers and 18 new ministers.

Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne was reappointed to the post in addition to being a senior minister in charge of Buddha Sasana

The other senior ministers are Ratnasiri Wickremanayake , A.H.M. Fowzie, Athauda Seneviratne, D.E.W.Gunasekara, Prof Tissa Vitharana, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, S.B.Nawinna,, P.Dayaratna and Piyasena Gamage.

Among the new cabinet members are : Rauf Hakeem, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Lakshman Seneviratne, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Navin Dissanayake, Reginold Cooray, T.B.Ekanayake, Jagath Pushpakumara, S.M.Chandrasena, Mervyn Silva, Jagath Balasuriya, Salinda Dissanayaka, Dilan Perera, Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Mahinda Amaraweera, Gunaratne Weerakoon, Dayasritha Tissera, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya.

Former Minister Milroy Fernando has been dropped from the cabinet.

The full list with the portfolios are given below while the list of 31 members who were sworn in as Deputy Ministers will be updated soon as the list is available.

Cabinet of Ministers


Prime Minister

D. M. Jayaratne – Buddha Sasana & Religious Affairs

Senior Ministers
Ratnasiri Wickramanayake – Good Governance & Infrastructure Facilities
D E W Gunasekara – Human Resources
Athauda Seneviratne – Rural Affairs
P. Dayaratne – Food & Nutrition
A. H. M. Fowzie – Urban Affairs
S. B. Nawinna – Consumer Welfare
Piyasena Gamage – National Assets
Prof. Tissa Vitharana – Scientific Affairs
Dr. Sarath Amunugama – International Monetary Cooperation



Other Cabinet Ministers

. Nimal Siripala - Irrigation & Water Resources Management
Maithreepala Sirisena – Health
Susil Premajayantha – Petroleum Industries
Arumugam T daman - Livestock and Rural Community Development
Dinesh Gunawardena - Water Supply & Drainage
Douglas Devananda - Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development
. A. L. M. Athaullah - Local Government & Provincial Councils
. Rishad Bathiyutheen - Industry & Commerce
. Champika Ranawaka - Power & Energy
. Wimal Weerawansa - Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities
Rauff Hakeem –Justice
Basil Rajapaksa –Economic Development
Vasudeva Nanayakkara – National Languages and Social Integration
S. B. Dissanayake – Higher Education
Prof G.L. Peiris – External Affairs
W. D. J. Seneviratne - Public Administration & Home Affairs
Sumeda G Jayasena - Parliamentary Affairs
Jeevan Kumaranatunga – Postal Services
Pavithra Wanniarachchi – Technology and Research
Anura Priyadarshana Yapa – Environment
Tissa Karaliyadde – Child Development and Women's Affairs
Gamini Lokuge – Labour and Labour Relations
Bandula Gunawardena – Education
Mahinda Samarasinghe – Plantations
Rajitha Senaratne – Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development
Janaka Bandara Tennakoon – Land and Land Development
Felix Perera – Social Services
C B Rathnayake – Private Transport Services
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena – Agriculture
Keheliya Rambukwella – Mass Media and Information
Kumara Welgama – Transport
Dullas Alahapperuma – Youth Affairs and Skills Development
Johnston Fernando – Cooperatives and Internal Trade
Chandrasiri Gajadeera – Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms
Salinda Dissanayake – Indigenous Medicine
Reginold Cooray – Small Export Crops Promotion
Dilan Perera – Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare
Jagath Pushpakumara – Coconut Development and State Plantations Development
T B Ekanayake – Culture and Aesthetic Affairs
Mahinda Amaraweera – Disaster Management
S M Chandrasena – Agrarian Services and Wildlife
Gunaratne Weerakoon – Resettlement
Mervin Silva – Public Coordination and Public Affairs
Mahindananada Aluthgamage – Sports
Dayasritha Tissera – State Assets and Enterprise Development
Ranjith Siyambalapitiya – Telecommunication and Information Technology
Jagath Balasuriya – National Heritage
Lakshman Seneviratne – Productivity Promotion
Navin Dissanayake – State Management Reforms

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