Cabinet of Sri Lanka

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The Cabinet of Sri Lanka is the council of ministers that form the central government of Sri Lanka. It is responsible to and answerable to parliament.[1]

As of 2 April 2015 the cabinet had 40 members - president, prime minister and 38 ministers. There are also 14 state ministers and 22 deputy ministers who are not members of the cabinet.

Background[edit]

The first Cabinet of Ministers of Ceylon in 1947

The Executive Council of Ceylon was the Executive Council created in British Ceylon by the British colonial administration on the recommendations of the Colebrooke-Cameron Commission along with the Legislative Council of Ceylon, as the legislative body, on March 13, 1833.

At its creation the Executive Council was headed by the Governor, along with five members appointed by the Governor. These five members were officials who held the posts of the Colonial Secretary, the Attorney General, the Auditor-General, the Treasurer and the General Officer Commanding, Ceylon. The Council exercised executive power and advised the governor. As a result of the First Manning Reforms three non-officials were elected to the executive council.

With enactment of the new constitution of the Dominion of Ceylon in 1947 the Executive Council was replaced by a National Cabinet.

Composition[edit]

The president is a member of and head of the cabinet.[1] The president appoints as prime minister the Member of Parliament who has the confidence of parliament.[1] Other ministers of the cabinet are appointed by the president in consultation with the prime minister.[2] The president may appoint himself to any ministry he chooses.[2] According to the constitution the president must be the Minister of Defence.[3] The President also appoints, in consultation with the Prime Minister, ministers who are not a member of the Cabinet (Non-Cabinet Ministers, Project Ministers, Deputy Ministers).[4][5] The cabinet meets several times a week to discuss vital issues.

List[edit]

Current Cabinet[edit]

Main article: Sirisena cabinet
Minister Portrait Party Office Ministry Took office Refs
Sirisena, MaithripalaMaithripala Sirisena Maithripala Sirisena (cropped).jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party President Presidential Secretariat/Office 9 January 2015 [6]
Minister of Defence Ministry of Defence 9 January 2015
Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment 12 January 2015
Wickremesinghe, RanilRanil Wickremesinghe Defense.gov News Photo 031103-D-2987S-069 (cropped).jpg United National Party Prime Minister Prime Minister's Office 9 January 2015 [6]
Minister of Policy Planning, Economics Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs Ministry of Policy Planning, Economics Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Abeywardena, Mahinda YapaMahinda Yapa Abeywardena Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.JPG Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Amaratunga, JohnJohn Amaratunga United National Party Minister of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs Ministry of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Amaraweera, MahindaMahinda Amaraweera Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Fisheries Ministry of Fisheries 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Amunugama, SarathSarath Amunugama Dr.Sarath Amunugama.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Higher Education and Research Ministry of Higher Education and Research 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Atukorale, ThalathaThalatha Atukorale Thalatha Atukorale.jpg United National Party Minister of Foreign Employment Ministry of Foreign Employment 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Badhiutheen, RisadRisad Badhiutheen Risad Badhiutheen.jpg All Ceylon Makkal Congress Minister of Industry and Commerce Ministry of Industry and Commerce 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Bandara, R. M. Ranjith MaddumaR. M. Ranjith Madduma Bandara Ranjith Madduma Bandara.jpg United National Party Minister of Internal Transport Ministry of Internal Transport 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Cooray, ReginaldReginald Cooray Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Aviation Services Ministry of Aviation Services 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Digambaran, PalaniPalani Digambaran National Union of Workers Minister of Plantation Infrastructure Development Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Dissanayake, DumindaDuminda Dissanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Irrigation and Agriculture Ministry of Irrigation and Agriculture 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Dissanayake, NavinNavin Dissanayake United National Party Minister of Tourism and Sports Ministry of Tourism and Sports 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Dissanayake, S. B.S. B. Dissanayake S.B. Dissanayake.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Rural Economic Affairs Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Fowzie, A. H. M.A. H. M. Fowzie A. H. M. Fowzie.jpeg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Disaster Management Ministry of Disaster Management 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Gamage, PiyasenaPiyasena Gamage Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Skill Development and Vocational Training Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Gunawardena, M. K. D. S.M. K. D. S. Gunawardena M. K. D. S. Gunawardena.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Lands Ministry of Lands 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Hakeem, RauffRauff Hakeem Rauff Hakeem.jpg Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Haleem, M. H. A.M. H. A. Haleem United National Party Minister of Muslim Religious Affairs and Posts Ministry of Muslim Religious Affairs and Posts 21 January 2015 [14][15][16]
Harrison, P.P. Harrison P. Harrison.jpg United National Party Minister of Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development Ministry of Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Hashim, KabirKabir Hashim United National Party Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion Ministry of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Jayasinghe, Chandrani BandaraChandrani Bandara Jayasinghe United National Party Minister of Women’s Affairs Ministry of Women’s Affairs 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Jayasuriya, KaruKaru Jayasuriya Karu Jayasuriya.jpg United National Party Minister of Buddha Sasana Ministry of Buddha Sasana 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Minister of Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Local Government and Democratic Governance Ministry of Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Local Government and Democratic Governance 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Kariyawasam, Akila VirajAkila Viraj Kariyawasam United National Party Minister of Education Ministry of Education 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Karunanayake, RaviRavi Karunanayake Ravi Karunanayake.jpg United National Party Minister of Finance Ministry of Finance 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Karunatileka, GayanthaGayantha Karunatileka United National Party Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Kiriella, LakshmanLakshman Kiriella United National Party Minister of Plantation Industries Ministry of Plantation Industries 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Nawinne, S. B.S. B. Nawinne Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Labour Ministry of Labour 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Perera, FelixFelix Perera Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Special Projects Ministry of Special Projects 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Perera, Gamini JayawickramaGamini Jayawickrama Perera United National Party Minister of Food Security Ministry of Food Security 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Perera, M. Joseph MichaelM. Joseph Michael Perera Joseph Michael Perera.jpg United National Party Minister of Home Affairs and Fisheries Ministry of Home Affairs and Fisheries 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Premadasa, SajithSajith Premadasa Sajith Premadasa.jpg United National Party Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Ministry of Housing and Samurdhi 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Rajapakshe, WijeyadasaWijeyadasa Rajapakshe Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.jpg United National Party Minister of Justice and Labour Relations Ministry of Justice and Labour Relations 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Ranawaka, ChampikaChampika Ranawaka Champika Ranawaka.jpg Jathika Hela Urumaya Minister of Power and Energy Ministry of Power and Energy 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Ranatunga, ArjunaArjuna Ranatunga Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Samaraweera, MangalaMangala Samaraweera Mangala Samaraweera.jpg United National Party Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Senaratne, RajithaRajitha Senaratne Dr.Rajitha Senaratna.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Soysa, Gamini Vijith VijithamuniGamini Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Irrigation Ministry of Irrigation 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]
Swaminathan, D. M.D. M. Swaminathan D. M. Swaminathan.jpg United National Party Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs 12 January 2015 [7][8][9][10]
Tennakoon, Janaka BandaraJanaka Bandara Tennakoon Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Development Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Development 22 March 2015 [11][12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - Article 44". LawNet. 
  3. ^ "Ranil works out peaceful pre-dawn transition of power with Mahinda". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 11 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - Article 45". LawNet. 
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  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Cabinet balloons to 40 as 26 more SLFPers luck out". The Island (Sri Lanka). 23 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Weerasinghe, Chamikara (23 March 2015). "SLFPers take oaths as ministers in National Govt". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 
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  15. ^ "Ranjan Social Services Dy Minister". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 21 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "More new ministers sworn in". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 21 January 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. 

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