Dayasiri, Ekanayake  sworn in as CMs



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by Dasun Edirisinghe


Having received appointment as Chief Minister of North Western Province, Dayasiri Jayasekera accompanied by his wife and children visited Temple Trees to thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa.


(Pic by Sudath Silva)


Former UNP Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera and former Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake were yesterday sworn in as the Chief Ministers of North-Western and Central provinces, respectively, at the Presidential Secretariat.


Eight other councillors were also sworn in as ministers for the two provinces followed by the swearing in of all councillors before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at an auspicious time yesterday morning.


Prime Minister’s son Anuradha Lanka Jayaratne, who obtained 107,544 preferential votes and topped the Kandy District UPFA list, did not receive the Chief Ministerial post or a ministerial post as speculated earlier.


Former Chief Minister of the North-Western Province Athula Wijesinghe and former provincial minister Ashoka Wadigamangawa from the Puttalam District also  failed to secure portfolios.


Sanath Nishantha Perera, who led the Puttalam District UPFA list with 62,996 preferential votes, was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal Production and Development, Minor Irrigations and Agrarian Development of the North-Western Provincial Council while Sandhya Samantha Kumara Rajapaksha, from the same district, was sworn in as the Minister of Social Welfare, Probation and Childcare, Women’s Afairs and Rural Industries Development and Village Development. Rajapaksha had obtained 24,818 preferential votes and was placed third in the Puttalam District list.


Dharmasiri Bandara Herath, of the Kurunegala District, who obtained 60,908 preferential votes and secured third place, was sworn in as the Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine, Sports and Youth Affairs of the new council, while Gunadasa Dehigama of the same district (59,016 preferential votes and fourth place on the list) was appointed as the provincial minister of Road Development, Transport, Power and Energy and Housing and Construction.


Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera will also function as the provincial minister of Finance and Planning, Law and Order, Local Government and Provincial Administration, Human Resources, Education and Cultural Affairs and Lands of the Northwestern Province.


Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon’s son, Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, who topped the Matale District UPFA preferential votes list, with 51,591 votes, was sworn in as Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs, Women’s Affairs, Rural Development and Industries of the Central Provincial Council.


Former provincial minister Bandula Yalegama, who had obtained 45,460 votes from Matale was appointed Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine, Social Welfare, Probation and Childcare Services of the Central Provincial Council.


Ramasamy Muththaiah, who topped the UPFA list in the Nuwara Eliya District, with 50,600 preferential votes, was sworn in as the provincial minister of Agriculture, Minor Irrigations, Animal Production and Development, Agrarian Development, Fisheries, Environmental Affairs, Hindu Cultural Affairs and Estate Infrastructure.


Former parliamentarian, Ediriweera Weerawardhana, who obtained 44,206 preferential votes and was placed fourth in the Kandy District, was sworn in as the Central Province Minister of Road Development, Transport, Power and Energy, Housing and Construction.


In addition to the Chief Ministerial post, Sarath Ekanayake would function as the provincial minister of Finance and Planning, Law and Order, Local Government and Provincial Administration, Human Resources, Education and Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Lands, Trade and Commerce, Food Supplies Distribution Affairs and Investment Co-ordinating and the subjects which are not taken under other Ministries, the Presidential Secretariat announced yesterday.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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