President congratulates new cabinet; changes to UPFA side soon


Feb 25, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena after the much awaited mini cabinet reshuffle, congratulated the newly appointed Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers.

He said these changes as well as those soon to be made on the UPFA side of the government will strengthen the government to better serve the people.

UPFA ministerial changes are expected to take place in two weeks with the changes to the ministries related to state enterprises.

“Taking the people’s message expressed at the recent election, the government needs to improve its policies, programmes and actions to serve our people better,” Sirisena said.

“The first priority of my government is the people and the country.”

Cabinet reshuffle:

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe – Cabinet Minister of Law and Order

Lakshman Kiriella – Cabinet Minister of State Enterprise and Kandy Development

Kabir Hashim – Cabinet Minister of Higher Education and Highways

Harin Fernando – Cabinet Minister of Digital Infrastructure & Foreign Employment

Ravindra Samarawickrema – Cabinet Minister of Wildlife & Sustainable Development

Sagala Ratnayake – Cabinet Minster of Youth Affairs and Southern Development

Piyasena Gamage – State Minister Youth Affairs and Southern Development

Ajith P Perera – State Minister of Prisons and Rehabilitation

Harsha De Silva – State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs

J C Alawathuwala – Deputy Minister of Home Affairs