17 new Ministers were sworn in before President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa this morning. Apart from Dinesh Gunawardena, Prasanna Ranatunga, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Dilum Amunugama and Douglas Devananda, all the other ministers who were sworn in today are new cabinet members.
Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa will remain as the Prime Minister while Foreign Minister Profesor G.L Pieris and Finance Ministr Aki Sabry too included in the 20 member new cabinet, sources said.
1. Dinesh Gunawardena – Public Administration, Internal Affairs, Provincial Councils & Local Government.
2. Douglas Devananda – Fisheries
3. Dr. Ramesh Pathirana – Education and Plantation Industries
4. Prasanna Ranatunga – Public Security & Tourism
5. Dilum Amunugama – Transport & Industries
6. Kanaka Herath – Highways
7. Vidura Wickramanayake – Labour
8. Janaka Wakkumbura – Agriculture & Irrigation
9. Shehan Semasinghe – Trade & Samurdhi Development
10. Mohan Priyadarshana De Silva – Water Supply
11. Wimalaweera Dissanayake – Wildlife & Forest Resources Conservation
12. Kanchana Wijesekera – Power & Energy
13. Thenuka Vidanagamage -Sports and Youth Affairs
14. Dr. Nalaka Godahewa – Media
15. Professor Channa Jayasumana – Health
16. Naseer Ahamed – Environment
17. Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon – Ports and Shipping