State ministers and deputy ministers to be sworn in next week

State ministers and deputy ministers to be sworn in next week

Written by Staff Writer

05 Sep, 2015 | 9:22 pm

General Secretary of the United National Party, Minister Kabir Hashim says the state and deputy ministers of the New Government will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Parliament granted approval for the new government to consist of a maximum of 48 cabinet ministers, of which 43 ministers were sworn in on Friday.

Thirty one (31) ministers were appointed from the United National Party while 11 ministers were appointed from the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance. It is reported that a further four members of the UPFA are to be sworn-in as cabinet ministers. A vacancy remains for a minister from the UNP.

Meanwhile new portfolios have been added to the cabinet this year.

These include the Ministries of National Dialogue, Social Empowerment, Digital Infrastructure, Primary Industries, Technology and Technological Education and Megapolis Development.

A maximum of 45 state and deputy ministers are yet to be sworn-in. The allocation of seats in parliament will be done thereafter.

At the inaugural sitting of parliament, the speaker announced that parliament would officially recognise six political parties. Leader of the house Minister Lakshman Kiriella stated that the necessary steps will be taken for this purpose.

Parties that contest under an alliance and its leaders will also not receive party leadership privileges. MPs of other parties can be part of the working committees in parliament although they do not have party leader privileges.

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