Sri Lanka expands jumbo cabinet

Susantha Ratnayake, Chairman, BOI formally presents the Certificate of Registration to Indra Silva, Chairman, Indra Hotels and Resorts Kandy (Pvt) Ltd

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