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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 8:56
Semasingha replaced with ilangasingha; Joint Opposition in North Central Provincial council loses the majority.
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North Central Provincial Council minister of Irrigation, Land, Rural Development and Women Affairs H.B. Semasinghe has been replaced with UPFA councilor Sarath ilangasinghe.

Our correspondent stated that the new provincial minister took oath before Provincial Governor P.B. Dissanayake this morning.

Ilangasinghe did sign the recent Affidavit which was organized against Chief Minister Peshala Jayarathna.

Yesterday following another minister, S.M.Ranjith resigning from his post he was replaced with UPFA councilor Susil Gunarathna.

Susil Gunarathna was also among the group who signed  the controversial affidavit.

As a result of the recent changes, 21 out of 33 members of the North Central Provincial Council are from the UPFA.

11 members are from the UNP and one from the JVP.

17 UPFA members who support the Joint Opposition recently signed an affidavit against chief minister Peshala Jayarathna.

However, the Joint Opposition group have now lost the majority of the council after its two members reassured to support the chief minister.

Having sworn in as a new minister, Sarath Ilangasinghe said that he will be appointed as chief organizer for the Mihintale electorate soon.

North Central Provincial Council chief minister Peshala Jayarathna was also present at the swearing  in ceremony of Sarath Ilangasinghe.

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