Austin Fernando, Secretary to President Maithripala Sirisena, has tendered his letter of resignation yesterday, sources close to the President told Colombo Telegraph.
The President had not been ready to accept this resignation and therefore Fernando had to leave the letter on his table and leave.
Fernando, apparently, had been disillusioned by recent political developments including the President’s wish to seek a second term despite promises made to the contrary.
Sirisena appointed Fernando as a presidential adviser on 15 January 2015. He was thereafter appointed Governor of the Eastern Province on the 27th of January 2015. He resigned in order to become Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka on the 1st of July 2017.
Austin was not available for comment.