The 2 Chief Ministers and the ministers for the North Western and Central Provincial Councils were sworn-in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning.
Dayasiri Jayasekera who was sworn in as Chief Minister of the North Western Provincial Council holds several ministry portfolios as well.
Among his other portfolios are Finance and Policy Planning, Law and Peace, Local Government and Provincial Administration, Human Resources, Education and Cultural Affairs, Land and Environment, Tourism, Investment Coordination and Cooperative Development, Food Supply and Distribution.
Meanwhile K. Sanath Nishantha Perera took oath as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock Production and Development, Small Irrigation and Agrarian Development of the North Western Provincial Council.
Gunadasa Dehigama and H.M. Dharmasiri Bandara Herath took oaths as Road Development, Electricity, Housing and Construction Minister and Health, Indigenous Medicine, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister of the North Western Provincial Council respectively.
Meanwhile Sarath Ekanayake was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the Central Provincial Council.
In addition, he will hold the portfolios of Finance and Policy Planning, Law and Peace, Local Government and Provincial Administration, Human Resources, Education and Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Land, Trade and Commerce, Food Supply and Distribution and Investment Coordination.
He has also been assigned to function as the subject minister of areas which are not covered by other ministries.
Meanwhile D.S. Bandara Yalegama took oath as the Central Provincial Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Social Welfare, Childcare and Child Protection Services.
Ramasami Muttiah took oath as the minister of Agriculture, Small Irrigation, Livestock Production and Development, Agrarian Development, Fisheries, Environmental Affairs, Hindu Cultural Affairs and Estate Infrastructure Facilities of the Central Provincial Council.
Ediriweera Weerawardana took oath as Road Development, Transport, Electricity and Energy, Housing and Construction Minister of the Central Provincial Council.
The 4th ministry portfolio was given to Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, he took oath as Sports, Youth Affairs, Women’s Affairs, Rural Development and Industries Minister of the Central Provincial Council.
Athula Wijesinghe who contested as a chief ministerial candidate has lost the chief ministerial portfolio as well as his provincial council portfolio.
During the recently concluded provincial council election, Athula Wijesinghe only managed to obtain 5th position in the preferential votes list.
Nishantha Perera, Gunadasa Dehigama and Dharmasiri Bandara who acted as provincial council ministers in the previous North Western Provincial Council have managed to obtain provincial council ministerial portfolios once again.
Bandara Yalegama who was a provincial council minister in the Central provincial council was the only minister to retain his position as a provincial council minister.
Meanwhile, Ashoka Wadiga-man-gawa who was a minister in the previous North Western Provincial Council did not manage to obtain a ministerial portfolio following the conclusion of the election.
In addition, Sunil Amaratunga and Nimal Piyathissa who were ministers in the previous Central Provincial Council were unable to obtain ministerial posts during this election.
During the recently concluded provincial council election Sunil Amaratunga only managed to obtain 11th place in the preferential votes list.
In addition Nimal Piyathissa who contested the recent election under the National Freedom Front also was defeated.
However, he received a ministerial post via the bonus list of the UPFA.
Anushaa Sivarajah who held a ministerial post prior to the dissolution of provincial councils did not contest during the recent election.
Prime Minister D. M. Jayarathne was also present during the swearing in ceremony held at the presidential secretariat.
Subsequent to the swearing in of chief ministers and other provincial council ministers President Mahinda Rajapakse requested those who have won to enjoy the victory in a humble manner.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 - 07:40 PM
Thursday, 03 October 2013 - 12:35 AM
Dayasiri and Sarath sworn in as chief ministers
Dayasiri Jayasekara and Sarath Ekanayaka were sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapakse as chief ministers of the North Western and Central provinces respectively this morning.
The swearing in ceremony was held at the presidential secretariat.
In the recently concluded provincial council election Dayasiri Jayasekara obtained 336 thousand 327 preferential votes thereby obtaining 1st place in the North Western Province from the UPFA candidates.
Former chief minister of the Central province Sarath Ekanayaka received only 70 thousand 171 preferential votes, although the candidate to receive the most number of preferential votes in the Central province was the son of Prime Minister D. M. Jayarathne, Anuradha Jayarathne.
He had received 176 thousand 44 preferential votes.
Meanwhile, T. B. Herath, Sanath Nishantha, Sandya Kumara Rajapakse and Gunadasa Dehigama have been sworn in as ministers in the North Western Provincial Council.
Ediriweera Weerawardena, Bandula Yalegama, Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon and Ramasamy Muththaiah were sworn in as ministers of the Central provincial council.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 - 12:35 PM
Thursday, 03 October 2013 - 08:00 AM
NW and Central CM s take oaths today; NW Chief Minister Dayasiri; Sarath for central.
North Western and Central Provincial Council Chief Ministers are scheduled to take oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa this forenoon.
The Presidential Secretariat sources said that the swearing in is scheduled to take place at the Presidential Secretariat at about 11.30 a.m.
Accordingly Government sources said that while Dayaasiri Jayasekera was scheduled to be appointed as the North Western Province Chief Minister, former Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake was due to be appointed as Central Province Chief Minister.
A special discussion with regard to appointment of new chief ministers and swearing in was also held last afternoon under the patronage of the President.
On this occasion discussion was also held with regard to the manner of conferring of ministries of the provincial min council.
Dayasiri Jayasekera won the first place in the UPFA in the North Western Province polling 336 thousand 327 preferential votes at the election held recently.
The highest number of preferential votes in the central province was polled by Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne’s son Anuradha Jayaratna.
Anuradha Jayaratna obtained 176 thousand 044 preferential votes.
Former Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake won the second place.
Accordingly he polled 70 thousand 171 preferential votes.
According to this there was a contentious situation about who would be the Central Province Chief Minister.
Meanwhile the Prime Ministerial Office in a release issued said that there was no change in the decision the UPFA had taken with regard to conferring the post of Chief Minister to the North Western and Central Provincial Councils won by the UPFA to persons who had secured the highest number of preferential votes.