International Desk: Nine new ministers have been appointed to Sri Lanka’s cabinet in the face of the worst economic crisis in history.
Among those appointed on Friday were key ministers, including health, trade, and tourism, Reuters reported.
A statement from the president’s office said, “Nine ministers in the new all-party government have been sworn in by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.”
Under pressure from anti-government protesters, President Gotabhaya’s elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned as prime minister this month and appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe, a veteran opposition member of parliament, to the post. Since then, he has appointed a total of 13 new members to the cabinet.
The Rajapaksa government’s tax cuts are said to be the main reason for the current situation in Sri Lanka.