Several new Cabinet appointments were made today following the sacking of two Ministers yesterday for being critical of the policies of the government.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa unceremoniously removed Ministers Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila from their respective portfolios, after holding an event against the government.
Following the sacking of the Ministers, several new appointments were made yesterday.
Meanwhile, earlier today, State Minister Dilum Amunugama took oaths as the new Minister of Transport before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
He took oaths before the Head of State at the Presidential Secretariat.
The Transport Ministry portfolio was held previously by Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.
Following yesterday’s minor Cabinet reshuffle, Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi took oaths as the Minister of Power.
Meanwhile, CB Rathnayake was sworn in as the Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Development.
CB Rathnayake was the Minister of Wildlife and Forest Conservation previously.
Wimalaweera Dissanayaka took oaths as the State Minister of Disaster Management before the President.
He held the post of State Minister for Wildlife Protection, Adoption of Safety Measures including the Construction of Electrical Fences and Trenches and Reforestation and Forest Resources Development previously.
Furthermore, Arundika Fernando who resigned from his post recently, took oaths as a State Minister once again before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
He took oaths as the State Minister of Coconut, Kithul, Palmyrah and Rubber Cultivation Promotion and Related Industrial Product Manufacturing and Export Diversification before the President this afternoon.
Arundika Fernando resigned from his post following a clash at the Medical Faculty of the University of Kelaniya in Ragama recently.
The report pertaining to the incident was handed over to the President yesterday.
The report determined that Arundika Fernando, whose son was involved in the assault incident, had no prior knowledge of the incident and neither instigated the incident.
Arundika Fernando stepped down as a State Minister until a thorough investigation was conducted into the assault.
The President’s Media Divisions said MP Arundika Fernando also provided an opportunity to enforce the law impartially.