Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka continued to enjoy promotion after promotion, with his latest been a ministerial portfolio.
Fonseka, who was appointed as a National List Parliamentarian from the United National Front this month, took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena this evening as the Minister of Regional Development.
Even though he was initially tipped to get the law and order portfolio, the move had sparked an outcry within government ranks, with several protesting against such a portfolio being given to Fonseka.
Fonseka has been embroiled in several controversies including having an alleged hand in several attacks against media personnel, while he was Army Commander.
His appointment as a Parliamentarian is currently being contested by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) which has filed a Fundamental Rights petition challenging his appointment to Parliament. (By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph )