May 22, 2017 / 5:03 AM / 2 years ago

Sri Lanka president switches foreign, finance ministers in reshuffle

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures as he speaks during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena switched the foreign and finance ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

Managala Samaraweera, who has been foreign minister since January 2015, was appointed as finance and media minister. He swaps roles with Ravi Karunanayake, who takes over at external affairs, Sirisena’s spokesman Dharmasri Ekanayake told Reuters.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Douglas Busvine

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