Tissa gets Maithripala’s portfolio

Friday, 12 December 2014 04:36 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, who defected to the UPFA Government on Monday, was appointed Health Minister in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Cabinet yesterday. Attanayake took oaths before President Rajapaksa in Kandy yesterday. Attanayake fills the vacancy created by Maithripala Sirisena, who joined the Opposition last month to contest as President Rajapaksa’s main challenger. Soon after Sirisena’s defection, his Deputy Health Minister, SLFPer Lalith Dissanayake, was appointed Acting Health Minister.