Ranatunga mends fences with Chandrika, becomes minister

Published: Friday, May 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo:Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has mended fences with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and was sworn in as deputy minister of industries, tourism and investment promotion.

Officials said Ranatunga, 40, who refused to be sworn in last month unless he was given the sports ministry, had his appointment confirmed at a ceremony held at Kumaratunga's official residence.

Ranatunga, who was elected in the April 2 parliamentary poll, said he entered politics because Kumaratunga invited him to be in charge of sports.

The president appointed a close relative, Jeevan Kumaratunga, a former film star, as sports minister in the 35-member cabinet she heads.

Ranatunga's father, Reggie Ranatunga, a former minister, lost after contesting in Kumaratunga's home constituency of Gampaha district.

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