Dinesh sworn in as Prime Minister

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Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena took oaths as the 28th Prime Minister of the country, before President Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Friday (22) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The new Cabinet was sworn in shortly after Gunawardena took oaths at the same location.

Prof. G.L. Peiris, who seconded MP Dullas Alahapperuma’s nomination for the Presidency on 19 July, had been axed from the Cabinet and MP Ali Sabry was given the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was previously under Prof. Peiris. Most of the ministers had been re-appointed to their previous ministries.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government. MP Douglas Devananda was appointed as the Minister of Fisheries. MP Susil Premajayantha was sworn in as the Minister of Education. MP Bandula Gunawardena was appointed as the Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media. MP Keheliya Rambukwella was sworn in as the Minister of Health and Water Supply. MP Mahinda Amaraweera was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture, Forest Resources and Wildlife. MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe sworn in as the Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms.

MP Harin Fernando sworn in as the Minister of Tourism and Lands. MP Ramesh Pathirana was appointed as the Minister of Industries and Plantation Industries. MP Prasanna Ranatunga was appointed as the Minister of Urban Development. MP Vidura Wickramanayake was appointed as the Minister of Buddhashasana, Religious Affairs and Cultural Affairs. MP Kanchana Wijesekara sworn in as the Minister of Power and Energy. MP Ahamed Nazeer sworn in as the Minister of Environment. MP Roshan Ranasinghe was appointed as the Minister of Sports, Youth and Irrigation. MP Manusha Nanayakkara was appointed as the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment.

MP Tiran Alles was appointed as the Minister of Public Security. MP Nalin Fernando sworn in as the Minister of Trade, Commerce and Food Security.

In the meantime, several SLPP MPs including Namal Rajapaksa, Chamal Rajapaksa, Johnston Fernando and Diana Gamage, who were not given ministerial portfolios, were also present at the occasion.

By Nabiya Vaffoor