Newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to be in a moral dilemma over the current front-runner for the post of Minister of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration.
The name that has floated to the top on the insistence of Chandrika Kumaratunga is a prominent lawyer with an unsavoury history. A long time Kumaratunga loyalist and therefore an obvious pawn of the ex President, this individual was caught cheating at exams while a student at the Science Faculty, University of Peradeniya. Having been sacked for this, he re-invented a career for himself as a lawyer. He has now entered Parliament through the UNFGG National List.
Wickremesinghe’s dilemma is that he cannot reject outright the request of Kumaratunga who openly backed the UNFGG (United National Front for Good Governance) led by the UNP (United National Party) and at the same time would have to consider the fallout of appointing a known cheat to this key portfolio.
Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that this individual is none other than Jayampathy Wickramaratne. Repeated attempts to obtain comments from both Wickramaratne and Wickremesinghe proved futile.
Correction: Earlier versions of this article incorrectly said Dr Jayampathy entered Parliament through UPFA national list.