Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is to be sacked today morning following a special announcement where the responsibility for the move would be laid at the door of the United National Party (UNP) following discussions between party leader Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Prime Minister then met with President Sirisena to intimate the UNP’s decision and to decide on a course of action.
Accordingly Rajapakshe’s removal will be announced today as a decision made upon a UNP request and a UNP request alone so as to save President Maithripala Sirisena any possible embarrassment.
Sources close to Wickremesinghe told Colombo Telegraph that the vacancy thus created will most probably be filled by Thalatha Athukorala or Deva Manoharan Swaminathan. Apparently Jayampathy Wickremeratne‘s name had also been proposed as a possible replacement but it had been shot down on account of his exam-cheating past which would have caused embarrassment since the subject was ‘justice’.