Debt-ridden Sri Lanka on Friday appointed nine new cabinet ministers in a bid to ensure stability in the island nation, which has been mired in the worst economic crisis since independence, until a full cabinet is formed.
Former minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, representing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), was among the nine new ministers sworn in by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Friday. Meanwhile, four ministers were sworn in last week.
According to media reports, the cabinet, including the president and prime minister, will be limited to 25 members.
Nimal Siripala de Silva Ports has been appointed Minister of Shipping and Air Services, Sushil Premjayanta has been appointed Minister of Education, Kehelia Rambukwela has been sworn in as Minister of Health and Vijayadasa Rajapaksa has been sworn in as Minister of Justice, Prisons and Constitutional Reforms. .lk report.
Other ministers appointed include Harin Fernando, Minister of Tourism and Land, Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of Plantation Industry, Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labor and Overseas Employment, Nalin Fernando, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Food Security, and Tiran Ales. As the Minister of Public Security, the report said.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.
The crisis is partly caused by a lack of foreign exchange, which means the country cannot afford to import major food and fuel, leading to sharp deficits and very high prices.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across Sri Lanka since April 9 to demand the resignation of President Rajapaksa as the government runs out of money for important imports.
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