COLOMBO, Feb 1, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s president Thursday swore in another minister increasing the cabinet to a historic high of 54 members. President Mahinda Rajapakse inducted a 52-member cabinet on Sunday morning and added another member by the evening.
On Thursday, he named a layman belonging to the Buddhist monks’ party, the National Heritage Party, as Minister of Environment.
Rajapakse retains the key defence and finance portfolios for himself.
Here is the updated list:
President, Defence and Finance: Mahinda Rajapakse
Prime Minister: Ratnasiri Wickramanayake
National Heritage: Anura Bandaranaike
Justice: Amarasiri Dodangoda
Plantation Industries: D.M. Jayaratne
Healthcare and Nutrition: Nimal Siripala de Silva
Ports and Aviation: Mangala Samaraweera
Petroleum and Petroleum Resources: A.H.M. Fowzie
Highways & Road Development: Jeyaraj Fernandopulle
Agricultural Development: Maithripala Sirisena
Education: Susil Premajayatha
Public Administration: Karu Jayasuriya
Youth Empowerment: Arumugam Thondaman
Posts and telecommunications: Rauf Hakeem