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Sri Lanka: Nine new cabinet ministers take oath amid political, economic crises

By Shgun S -- May 20, 2022 1:18 pm -- Updated:May 20, 2022 1:18 pm

Colombo (Sri Lanka, May 20: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa administered the oath to nine new cabinet ministers on Friday as political instability and economic crisis continue to affect the island nation.

The newly sworn-in ministers include Harin Fernando from the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) as the minister of tourism and land, and Manusha Nanayakkara also from the SJB as the minister of labour and foreign employment, the President's Media Division informed.

Other ministers who took oath on Friday are Susil Premajayantha as the minister of education, Nimal Siripala as the minister of ports and civil aviation, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as the minister of justice and Nalin Fernando as the minister of trade, commerce and food security.

Sri Lanka gets 9 new cabinet ministers

Officials from the President's Office informed that more ministers were to be sworn in to the new cabinet by next week.

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According to Sri Lanka's Newswire, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) in response to the new appointments said it will take action against party members who have joined the incumbent government.

Sri Lanka has seen weeks of public protests amid ongoing political and economic crises, which have led to a shortage in essential supplies including food and medicines.

Sri Lanka gets 9 new cabinet ministers

On Monday, the newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the next couple of months will be the most difficult ones and the country must prepare to make some sacrifices and face the challenges of this period.

Wickremesinghe further said he had no desire to hide the truth and to lie to the public. However, these facts are unpleasant and terrifying, this is the true situation, he said.

Sri Lanka gets 9 new cabinet ministers

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-PTC News

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