President’s Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Board of Investment Hemasri Fernando got his third high-profile government assignment as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence.
Sources close to Fernando said it was his “dream job” and the job he “desperately wanted” from the government.
Fernando is a retired Navy officer and a senior administrator. He has worked as the Chairman of the National Olympic Committee, the People’s Bank and the Independent Television Network (ITN).
Meanwhile, UNP MP Dunesh Gankanda also took oaths as the State Minister of Environment, before President Maithripala Sirisena.
Gankanda is the fifth UNP MP to switch sides after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took oaths as the Prime Minister.