A group of legal practitioners in Sri Lanka has called upon President Rajapaksa to reconsider his decision to re-appointment of Major General (Rtd.) G. A. Chandrasiri as the Northern Province Governor.
Lawyers for Democracy (LFD) issuing a media statement yesterday has urged the President to consider appointing a non-military person as the Governor, pointing out it is it an absolute necessity to appointment a civilian Governor in order to win the confidence of the people in the area.
Expressing their dismay at the re-appointment of Chandrasiri as the NP Governor, LFD Convener Lal Wijenayake has pointed out in his statement that the move is a ‘continuation of the military rule, from which people in the North are yearning for change.’
They have further criticized the appointment stating it has been made in complete disregard of the sensitivities of the Northern people and has now posed a further hurdle in the continuation of the reconciliation process in the country.
President Rajapaksa reappointed Chandrasiri as the NP Governor last week, despite repeated requests made by the TNA to appoint a civilian into the position following the end of Chandrasiri’s tenure.
Meanwhile, media reports have circulated that NP Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran might resign from his position in objection to Chandrasiri’s reappointment.