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* Sri Lanka President appoints D.M. Jayaratna as PM
Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 05:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President has appointed the most senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member and the former Plantation Minister as the Prime Minister of the seventh parliament.

Former minister D.M. Jayaratna, 79, will be sworn in as the Premier by the President this afternoon, government sources said.

Jayaratna entered parliament in 1970 from Gampola in Kandy District. He has held several ministerial posts in successive SLFP governments since then.

In Sri Lanka the post of Prime Minister largely ceremonial. President is the executive head of the government.

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