President Maithripala Sirisena has disregarded requests from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to give Sarath Fonseka the Law and Order portfolio and instead sworn in Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the subject minister, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Earlier, Wickremesinghe conferred upon himself the portfolio which he is said to have handled unofficially although staunch party loyalist Sagala Ratnayaka had held it. It was to be a temporary arrangement, he said.
It was reported that although Wickremesinghe had urged the President to appoint Sarath Fonseka, Sirisena had only said he would consider it.
In an unprecedented development, several DIGs had made representations to the President pleading that Fonseka not be appointed.
Fonseka, meanwhile, is said to have drawn up plans to appoint persons to key positions in institutions he expected to be in charge of.