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* Sri Lanka President's younger brother to handle the economic development
Fri, Apr 23, 2010, 07:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's younger brother Basil Rajapaksa has been appointed into a powerful position as the Minister of Economic Development.

Basil Rajapaksa, identified as a hard worker, a meticulous planner and an astute manager is expected to handle the prospects of economic growth of Sri Lanka in the post-war period.

With the formation of the new Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministries of Nation Building held previously by five non cabinet Ministers have been scrapped. The Ministries for the development of certain Provinces have also been taken under this new Ministry.

The Ministry of Economic Development is so powerful that three Deputy Ministers have been appointed to it. They are Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, and Muttu Sivalingam.

The President and ruling United People's Freedom Alliance came to power pledging to make Sri Lanka the 'Wonder of Asia' with economic development.

Political analysts in the country say Basil Rajapaksa has proven himself with his performance in the reconstruction of the war-torn North under his leadership as the chairman of the Uthuru Wasanthaya Development program.

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