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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Thondaman and four other CWCers re-join Rajapakse government

Colombo, 11 October, (Asiantribune.com): The leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Arumugan Thondaman and four other CWC members have been sworn in today as cabinet, non cabinet and deputy ministers, the President's office announced.Arumugan Thondaman was sworn in as Minister of youth Empowerment this morning.Arumugan Thondaman was sworn in as Minister of youth Empowerment this morning.

Arumugan Thondaman was sworn in as Minister of youth Empowerment this morning.

On August 2, 2007, the leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Arumugan Thondaman and four other CWC members resigned from the government.

CWC was a constituent of the United Peoples Freedom alliance (UPFA) government and its leader Thondaman was holding a ministerial portfolio in the cabinet led by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Speculation was rife that the CWC wanted to join the new "National Congress" recently floated by Mangala Samaraweera's SLFP (M) wing and the opposition UNP.

On July 5, CWC and Peoples Wing of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) met at Sawmiya Bawan, headquarters of the CWC "for discussions on matters related to the uncertainties in political alliances in the parliament."

Given below the portfolios offered to the CWC ministers according to a press release from the Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat:

1. Arumugam Thondaman - Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socio Economic Development (Minister with Cabinet ranking)

2. Muttu Sivanlingam - Deputy Minister of Estate Infrastructure

3. Sangaralingam Sellasamy - Deputy Minister of Posts

4. Shanmugam Jegathgeeswaran - Deputy Minister of National
Integration

5. M. Sachithanandan - Deputy Minister of State Infrastructure Development and Deputy Minister of Education

- Asian Tribune -

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