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Malik gets top job in Sri Lanka cabinet expansion

By Our Political Correspondent

Sep 07, 2015 16:27 PM GMT+0530 | 3 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Ruling United National Party (UNP) Chairman Malik Samarawickrama is to be sworn in as minister of International Trade and Investment when the cabinet is expanded this week along with new deputy ministers, party sources said.

Samarawickrama, a key figure in the new administration, is set to be a key policy driver of the new administration and placed in charge of strategic investment projects.

"Large scale projects will come under this ministry while it will also be entrusted with negotiating trade agreements with other countries," a UNP source said.

With Samarawickrema, four others could also be sworn in on Wednesday along with 45 deputy ministers.

Under the so called "national government," the EPDP (Eelam People's Democratic Party) could have its sole MP Douglas Devananda getting a portfolio. The Ceylon Workers' Congress whioch secured only two seats contesting under the UPFA is also tipped to get a cabinet post. (Colombo/Sept07/2015)



  1. Sas September 08, 09:05 AM

    Who is this Political Correspondent of yours

  2. Observer September 08, 08:13 AM

    Thondaman and Devananda are political opportunists seeking self preservation. They should NOT be given portfolios at the expense of the UNP They contested against the UNF Had they wanted to support a National Govt. They should have done so at the electionGiving the portfolios would be a travesty and shame on Ranil Wickremasinghe.

  3. david September 07, 10:37 AM

    What a joke What happened to the 30 member cabinet How many more ministers to go

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