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Sri Lanka ruling party senior as PM
21 Apr, 2010 19:35:43
By Ishara M Gamage
Apr 21, 2010 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's ruling party named its most senior member Disanayaka Mudiyanselage Jayaratne as the prime minister amid speculation that a cabinet of ministers that is now taking shape will be re-shuffled by year-end.
D M Jayaratne 78, representing Gampola in central Sri Lanka is the most senior sitting member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and was founder member of the party.

Rajapaksa's second term in office is due to begin in November 2010 after he won presidential polls in January. On a Supreme Court interpretation he is still serving the first term after calling early elections.

In the general elections this month several ministers lost their seats, including foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama.

Amid intense horse trading among party seniors there is speculation that former trade minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris or human rights minister Mahinda Samarasinghe may get the foreign portfolio.

Finance will remain with President Rajapaksa. His brother Basil is tipped to get the tourism portfolio, political sources said.

Media reports Wednesday said another brother Chamal may be named the speaker of the new parliament.

Rajapaksa has pledged to trim the cabinet to about 35 ministers after running his previous administration with more than a 100 ministers in an assembly of 225 members.
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1. Mitrapala Waduthanthri Apr 21
What is not factored into in making the decision to appoint DM as PM is that PM in Sri Lanka is President-in-waiting. What if something happens to President? The nation will be saddle with DM as President? And the interesting question is, as the President has not yet sworn in for 2nd term can the PM continue beyond 11th November?

May be an expert in constitution could enlighten us?