Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma
(Pix by: President Media Unit)
The newly appointed thirty seven (37) Cabinet Ministers and thirty nine (39) Deputy Ministers took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Presidential Secretariat this afternoon on 23rd April. The President has decided to limit the Cabinet to under 40 members as he pledged to the public during the Presidential and General election propaganda campaigns. The previous jumbo cabinet comprised of 51 Ministers, 19 Deputy Ministers and 39 non-Cabinet Ministers.
After receiving their respective portfolios at the swearing in ceremony, the new UPFA Government Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers posed for official photographs with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of the Presidential Secretariat.
Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga, UPFA members of the parliament, government officials and the family members of the Cabinet members were present at the ceremony.