Dullas Alahapperuma, Former Cabinet Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and a Matara District member of the Parliament, has been appointed as Sports Minister of Sri lanka in the cabinet of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha and presidency of recently elected Gotabaya Rajapaksha.
Earlier in the week, United National Party (UNP) member Harin Fernando resigned from his post as Minister of Sports, Telecommunications and Foreign Employment. The announcement came after UNP and New Democratic Party Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa conceded defeat at the Presidential election.
Dullas, who started his career as a journalist, maintains a very clean political image and has been considered close to Rajapaksa family.
Sri Lanka’s general elections are scheduled for April-May next year and till then Dullas will act as interim Sports Minister.