New cabinet to be sworn in on Sep 02

New cabinet to be sworn in on Sep 02

August 26, 2015   02:01 pm

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The Cabinet of Ministers of the new government will be sworn in next Wednesday (September 02), UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrama told Ada Derana. 

However, the first session of the new Parliament after the General Election on August 17 is scheduled to be held on September 01. 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and three Cabinet Ministers of the new government have been sworn in so far.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa and Resettlement Minister D. M. Swaminathan took oath before the President on August 24.

Meanwhile the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have reached a final consensus over forming a National Government while the two major parties in the country have partially agreed on the ministerial portfolios that will be shared.

According to sources, the SLFP is to receive Highways, Higher Education, Irrigation, Agriculture and Samurdhi ministerial portfolios as per the initial discussions. 

While the SLFP had also sought the Public Administration ministerial portfolio, the UNP leadership had not agreed to this, the source said.  

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