Adding a touch of drama to the no-confidence motion that is to be brought against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena is to place the Central Bank under Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera.
The subject which is currently under the Prime Minister will be formally handed over to Samaraweera and the public duly notified through a gazette notification at midnight, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Apparently the Prime Minister, who was not consulted over this move, has protested to the President’s Secretary Austin Fernando, according to sources close to Wickremesinghe. Even Samaraweera was not made aware that the Central Bank is to come under his ministry, sources added.
Although the President has to consult the Prime Minister over ministerial appointments as per the 19th Amendment, he has complete sway when it comes to placing state agencies under particular ministries.
This arbitrary move indicates a rift between the President and the Prime Minister and could also be a sign as to which direction Sirisena is leaning with regard to the no-confidence motion.