Media has been barred from covering the swearing-in event of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at 11.16 AM.
The Presidential Secretariat has not invited media to cover the event which is of international importance.
The move is aimed at suppressing the photograph of the UNP Leader taking oaths before the President who vowed not to re-appoint Wickremesinghe in his lifetime.
Sources close to the President said Maithripala Sirisena is worried about the possible humiliation caused by the photograph.
Wickremesinghe is expected to leave for Presidential Secretariat from Temple Trees shortly.