Contrary to the shrill assertion during the run up to the local government elections that he would crack down on the corrupt President Maithripala Sirisena appears to have the proverbial sword sheathed having resolved to resume the unity arrangement with the United National Party (UNP).
The barbs hurled at the UNP without actually naming that party have been retired with Sirisena approving the minimal cabinet changes recommended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The only bone of contention remaining has been the ‘Law and Order’ portfolio recently taken on by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe but promised to be offered to Sarath Fonseka shortly.
It is reported that Wickremesinghe has promised the portfolio to Fonseka but had told him that top level Police officers opposed to the move had made representations to the President. President Sirisena has not committed himself, telling Wickremesinghe that he has to think about it (kalpanama karala balamu).
A high ranking source has apparently told the Sunday Times that Sirisena will not accede to the Prime Minister’s request, claiming that ‘he (Sirisena) had made up his mind.’