President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed his younger brother Basil as Minister of Finance, consolidating the power of the family members currently ruling the country.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed his younger brother Basil Rajapaksa as Minister of Finance, which further strengthened the family’s control over the island nation.
Basil was sworn in as a member of Congress on Thursday and succeeded his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as Minister of Finance.
According to the DPA news agency, Basil, who has dual citizenships in the United States and Sri Lanka, controls important institutions in the country, including the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank within its purview.
According to the president’s media department, Mahinda has also received additional economic policy and planning executive ministerial posts.
In addition to the latest changes, Gotabaya’s other brother Chamal is the Minister of Irrigation and the Deputy Minister of Defense.
Mahinda’s son Namar is the Minister of Youth and Sports.
Last year, Gotabaya and his brother Mahinda won an overwhelming majority in the parliamentary elections, which gave his family the right to make comprehensive changes to the island nation’s constitution.
Mahinda served as the country’s president from 2005 to 2015, holding the position for two consecutive terms, and taking over as prime minister again after winning the 2020 vote.
Some members of Sri Lanka’s ruling party Podujana Peramuna (People’s Party) predict that Basil will participate in the next presidential election.
Sri Lanka, which relies on tourism, is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country increased to 268,676 on Thursday, and the death toll was 3,351.