Current cabinet will stay for now

UPFA officials say the current cabinet of ministers will be sworn in as is, as there will be no immediate change to the government decision making body. UPFA officials say the current cabinet of ministers will be sworn in as is, as there will be no immediate change to the government decision making body. The constitution allows for a reconstitution of the cabinet and requires the decision making body to be sworn in under a new president.

Ports and Aviation minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday said that the current team in the cabinet would be sworn in without change under the new presidency on November 22, the day Parliament is also due to reconvenes.

The new president’s swearing in ceremony meanwhile, is due before November 22, Samaraweera said.

Changes Ahead

Political watchers however expect a reshuffle of the top government decision making body, to reflect the new president’s alliances with the minority parties that supported his campaign.

Officials say Mahinda Rajapaksha’s presidency could also bring back the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) into the government fold, after the Marxist ally quit the alliance in a rift ove