May 20, 2022

Again, number of ministers exceeds 50; 10 to be sworn in today!

Another ten ministers are scheduled to be sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (20), it is reported.

It is said that those who are to be sworn in today are members of various other political parties affiliated to the government.

SLFP parliamentarians Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Amaraweera, Susil Prema Jayantha, representing the independent group, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Presidents Counsel Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Tiran Alles, Jeevan Thondaman of the Ceylon Workers Congress, EPDP leader Douglas Devananda and SJB members Manusha Nanayakkara and Harin Fernando are expected to be sworn in today.

Nimal Siripala de Silva is expected to be appointed as the Health Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera as the Agriculture Minister, Susil Premajayantha as Education Minister, Wijayadasa Rajapaksa as the Justice Minister and Tiran Alles as the Public Security Minister.
The Cabinet is expected to be limited to 25 including the president and prime minister while four ministers have already been sworn in. The balance seven ministers are expected to be appointed from the SLPP.

They are expected to be sworn in at a later date. It is also expected that 30 state ministers are to be appointed.

No salaries for ministers..

Meanwhile, the prime minister told parliament yesterday (19) that the new cabinet had decided not to accept the ministerial salaries.

Meanwhile, Rauf Hakeem, the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, said in Parliament that the President is engaging in 'game' politics by giving ministerial posts to strengthen the government which is in an economic and political crisis.

He further said, “At first, they said the Cabinet would be limited to 15, then it became 18 and now they say 22. They are fishing parliamentarians by offering them ministerial posts.” He asked the Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena to notify the President that Prior to establishing a new political culture they must practice ethical politics.

“The government received 10 more votes than the number of votes cast in the election to elect the Deputy Speaker against the motion of no confidence against the President. These 10 votes were increased due to the games being played to build a majority through offering these ministerial posts.”

''No majority would be valid as they have already proved futile on the streets. Now the people’s mandate for all 225 parliamentarians have been revoked,” he added.