Sri Lanka appoints nine new cabinet members

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The Sri Lankan government logo is seen at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo

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COLOMBO, May 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka appointed nine new cabinet members on Friday, among them ministers for the critical portfolios of health, trade and tourism, as the island nation battles its worst economic crisis in history.

"Nine cabinet ministers of the new all-party government took their oaths before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa," a presidential news statement said.

Veteran politician Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as prime minister this month to form a new cabinet after the president's elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned from the job.

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Reporting by Uditha Jayasinghe; Writing by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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