Sri Lanka appoints new deputy finance minister

May 05, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lankan president and finance minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed Sarath Amunugama, a former cabinet minister, as deputy minister of finance and planning, the president’s office said in a statement. Amunugama was among four cabinet ministers and six deputy ministers sworn in Wednesday following parliamentary polls in April won by the ruling coalition.

The new appointments raised the number of cabinet ministers in Sri Lanka to 41.

Previous governments have been criticised for having too many cabinet ministers given the small size of the country.

Rajapaksa’s last government had 109 ministers and deputy ministers.

Amunugama, a former academic and civil servant, has previously served as minister of public administration and home affairs and deputy minister of finance and planning in different governments.

Rajapaksa chaired his new government’s first cabinet meeting following the new appointments.