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* New Ministers to be appointed to Sri Lanka Cabinet this week
Mon, May 3, 2010, 09:57 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.


Keheliya Rambukwella is slated to be appointed as Minister of Media and Information.

May 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka government sources say President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to swear in five new ministers and several deputy ministers this week as expected after he received the official report on the Nawalapitiya poll incident.

The new ministers will include the MPs of Kandy district that were not given portfolios until the report of the probe regarding election malpractices in Nawalapitiya electorate was finalized.

A ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party disciplinary committee handed over the report to the President after he returned from Bhutan. The report found no candidate of the ruling party being a culprit of the incident. The President held off giving ministerial portfolios to any Kandy District parliamentarian until the investigation was complete.

Kandy district MP Keheliya Rambukwella, former minister and media spokesman on national security is slated to be appointed as Minister of Media and Information while S.B. Dissanayake who crossed over from the opposition United National Party before the presidential election in January is likely to be appointed as the Minister of Higher Education, sources said.

Former Ministers Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Arumugam Thondaman and Tissa Vitharana are also to be given cabinet portfolios and the Cabinet will be strengthened to 42 in number with the new Ministers. Several Deputy Ministers including Kandy district MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage are also to swear in this week, according to sources.


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