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 31 May 2017 the cabinet had 48 members - president, prime minister and 46 ministers. There are also 21 state ministers and 24 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 a 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]

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 [7]
Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment 12 January 2015
Wickremesinghe, RanilRanil Wickremesinghe Ranil Wickremesinghe.jpg United National Party Prime Minister Prime Minister's Office 9 September 2015 [6][8]
Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Ministry of National Policy and Economic Development 4 September 2015 [9][10][11]
Abeywardena, VajiraVajira Abeywardena United National Party Minister of Home Affairs Ministry of Home Affairs 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Amaratunga, JohnJohn Amaratunga United National Party Minister of Tourism Promotion and Christian Affairs Ministry of Tourism Promotion and Christian Affairs 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Minister of Lands Ministry of Lands 2 March 2016 [12][13][14]
Amaraweera, MahindaMahinda Amaraweera Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Amunugama, SarathSarath Amunugama Dr.Sarath Amunugama.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Special Assignment 23 October 2015 [15][16][17]
Atukorale, ThalathaThalatha Atukorale Thalatha Atukorale.jpg United National Party Minister of Foreign Employment Ministry of Foreign Employment 12 January 2015 [18][19][20][21][10][11]
Bathiudeen, RishadRishad Bathiudeen Risad Badhiutheen.jpg All Ceylon Makkal Congress Minister of Industry and Commerce Ministry of Industry and Commerce 12 January 2015 [18][19][20][21][10][11]
Bandara, R. M. Ranjith MaddumaR. M. Ranjith Madduma Bandara Ranjith Madduma Bandara.jpg United National Party Minister of Public Administration and Management Ministry of Public Administration and Management 4 September 2015 [10][11]
de Silva, Nimal SiripalaNimal Siripala de Silva Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation 14 October 2015 [22]
Digambaran, PalaniPalani Digambaran National Union of Workers Minister of Upcountry, Village and Community Development Ministry of Upcountry, Village and Community Development 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Dissanayake, DumindaDuminda Dissanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture 22 March 2015 [23][24][25][26][10][11]
Dissanayake, NavinNavin Dissanayake United National Party Minister of Plantation Industries Ministry of Plantation Industries 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Dissanayake, S. B.S. B. Dissanayake S.B. Dissanayake.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Fernando, HarinHarin Fernando United National Party Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Fonseka, SarathSarath Fonseka Sarath Fonseka portrait.jpg United National Party Minister of Regional Development Ministry of Regional Development 25 February 2016 [30][31][32][33]
Gamage, DayaDaya Gamage Daya Gamage.jpg United National Party Minister of Primary Industries Ministry of Primary Industries 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Ganesan, ManoMano Ganesan Mano Ganesan.jpg Democratic People's Front Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages 8 December 2015 [34]
Hakeem, RauffRauff Hakeem Rauff Hakeem.jpg Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister of City Planning and Water Management Ministry of City Planning and Water Management 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Haleem, M. H. A.M. H. A. Haleem United National Party Minister of Postal Service and Muslim Affairs Ministry of Postal Service and Muslim Affairs 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Harrison, P.P. Harrison P. Harrison.jpg United National Party Minister of Rural Economic Affairs Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Hashim, KabirKabir Hashim United National Party Minister of Public Enterprise Development Ministry of Public Enterprise Development 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Jayasekara, DayasiriDayasiri Jayasekara Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Sports Ministry of Sports 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Jayasinghe, Chandrani BandaraChandrani Bandara Jayasinghe United National Party Minister of Women’s and Children’s Affairs Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Kariyawasam, Akila VirajAkila Viraj Kariyawasam United National Party Minister of Education Ministry of Education 12 January 2015 [18][19][20][21][10][11]
Karunanayake, RaviRavi Karunanayake Ravi Karunanayake.jpg United National Party Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Karunatileka, GayanthaGayantha Karunatileka United National Party Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Ministry of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Kiriella, LakshmanLakshman Kiriella United National Party Minister of Higher Education and Highways Ministry of Higher Education and Highways 14 October 2015 [22]
Marapana, TilakTilak Marapana United National Party Minister of Development Assignments Ministry of Development Assignments 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Musthapha, FaiszerFaiszer Musthapha Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government 9 September 2015 [35][36][37]
Nawinne, S. B.S. B. Nawinne United National Party Minister of Internal Affairs, Cultural Affairs and Wayamba Development Ministry of Internal Affairs, Cultural Affairs and Wayamba Development 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Perera, Gamini JayawickramaGamini Jayawickrama Perera United National Party Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Premadasa, SajithSajith Premadasa Sajith Premadasa.jpg United National Party Minister of Housing and Construction Ministry of Housing and Construction 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Premajayantha, SusilSusil Premajayantha Susil Premajayanth.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Science, Technology and Research Ministry of Science, Technology and Research 21 September 2015 [38]
Rajapakshe, WijeyadasaWijeyadasa Rajapakshe Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.jpg United National Party Minister of Justice Ministry of Justice 22 March 2015 [23][24][25][26][39][40][41]
Minister of Buddha Sasana Ministry of Buddha Sasana 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Ranatunga, ArjunaArjuna Ranatunga Democratic National Movement[42][43] Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Ranawaka, ChampikaChampika Ranawaka Champika Ranawaka.jpg Jathika Hela Urumaya Minister of Megapolis and Western Province Development Ministry of Megapolis and Western Province Development 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Ratnayaka, SagalaSagala Ratnayaka United National Party Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry of Law and Order and Southern Development 11 November 2015 [44][45][46]
Samarasinghe, MahindaMahinda Samarasinghe Mahinda 1.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Ports and Shipping Ministry of Ports and Shipping 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Samaraweera, MangalaMangala Samaraweera Mangala Samaraweera.jpg United National Party Minister of Finance and Mass Media Ministry of Finance and Mass Media 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Senaratne, RajithaRajitha Senaratne Dr.Rajitha Senaratna.jpg Democratic National Movement[42][43] Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Senewiratne, JohnJohn Senewiratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Labour, Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamuwa Development Ministry of Labour, Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamuwa Development 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Siyambalapitiya, RanjithRanjith Siyambalapitiya Ranjith Siyambalapitiya 003.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy 4 September 2015 [10][11]
Soysa, Gamini Vijith VijithamuniGamini Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Irrigation and Water Resource Management Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resource Management 9 September 2015 [35][36][37]
Swaminathan, D. M.D. M. Swaminathan D. M. Swaminathan.jpg United National Party Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs 11 November 2015 [44][45][46]
Weerakkody, ChandimaChandima Weerakkody Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training 22 May 2017 [27][28][29]
Yapa, Anura PriyadharshanaAnura Priyadharshana Yapa Anura Priyadharshana Yapa.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister of Disaster Management Ministry of Disaster Management 4 September 2015 [10][11]

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