Minister of Development Assignments Tilak Marapana has been sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena.
He was appointed to the position which was left vacant following the resignation of Ravi Karunanayake over allegations leveled against him over the Central Bank treasury bond scam.
Marapana was appointed as the Development Assignments Minister during a cabinet reshuffle on May 22, 2017.
He had previously served as Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms before officially resigning from the position on November 9, 2015 in connection with the Avant Garde floating armoury issue.
Marapana, President’s Counsel is a former Attorney General who retired prematurely with the change of Govt in 1994. He thereafter practiced in the unofficial bar and enjoyed an extensive and lucrative practice when in 2001 was a appointed the Minister of Defence in the UNP Govt headed by Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe.