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[Lakbima News, Sunday, 25 April 2010 06:47 No Comment]

A few more UPFA MPs would take oaths as Cabinet Ministers this week, sources said.

It is expected that the number of cabinet ministers will exceed the ‘manageable’ 40, though expectations were to keep the numbers low.

Latest indications from government sources show that the number will go up to 43 including those ministries coming under the purview of the president.

Meanwhile, UPFA MPs S.B.Dissanayake, Keheliya Rambukwella and Dr.Sarath Amunugama will take oaths this week.

CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman who refused to take oaths on Friday will also take oaths shortly, a CWC spokesman said.

Speaking to LAKBIMAnEWS V.S.Radakrishnan confirmed that CWC leader will take oaths soon.

When asked why he declined to take oaths last Friday, Radakrishnan said “Mr.Thondaman wanted to sort out the institutions coming under his ministry. The number of institutions allocated to his ministry were not adequate to render poper service to the people. Now the matter is solved”.

When asked what ministry Thondaman will take over, Radakrishnan said that it will be that of Livestock and Estate Infrastructure Development.

Former Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Tissa Vitharana too will be alloted a ministry.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had spoken to Prof.Tissa Vitharana on Friday evening and told him that he would like to see him after his return from Bhutan. When Prof. Vitharana was asked as to what the president would have to discuss with him, Prof.Vitharana said “the institutions and subjects related to science and technology”.

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