MR names new Cabinet Ministers

President Mahinda Rajapaksa named new Cabinet Ministers during a reshuffle of some of the portfolios today.

In all, the President named 10 new Cabinet Ministers, 6 Deputy Ministers and 2 project Ministers.

Among the most notable changes was that of the portfolios of the Ministries of Power and Energy and Petroleum Resources, both which were in the spotlight in the recent past after the state owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) suffered losses.

Anura Priyadharshana Yapa was named as the new Petroleum Resources Minister, Susil Premajayantha the Minister of Environment, Pavithra Wanniarachi the Minister of Power and Energy and Champika Ranawaka the Minister of Technology and Research.

Meanwhile Lakshman Seniviratne was named the Minister of Sugar Industries, Jayaratna Herath the Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Enterprises, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Investment Promotion Minister, Duminda Dissanayake Education Services Minister, Basir Segu Daud the Minister of Productivity Promotion and Wijith Wiheyamuni Soyza the Minister of Wildlife Conservation.

Nirmala Kotalawala was named the Project Minister of Highways and Rohitha Abeygunawardena the Project Minister of Ports.

S.M Chandrasena and M.L.A.M. Hisbulla were named Deputy Ministers of Economic Devolopment, Susantha Punchinilame and Faizer Mustpha the Deputy Ministers of Investment Promotion, Abdul Cader the Deputy Minister of Environment and Sarath Kumar Gunaratne the Deputy Minister of Fisheries.

Meanwhile a new Prime Minister was not named and as a result D.M. Jayaratne will continue as the Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette)