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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

Ranil's – A Stop Gap Appointment, it would be Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka in the end : Dr. Rajitha Senaratne

Colombo, 27 February, (;

It was a ‘stop gap’ appointment making Ranil Wickremesinghe Law and Order Minister just for a two-weeks.

Within two-weeks Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is to be appointed as the next Law and Order Minister, despite some strong opposition from senior Police officers, cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday.

He revealed this during a meeting held at the Health Ministry this morning.

He said that in the next cabinet reshuffle Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka will get the post.

The Minister said someone who is clever and makes strict decisions should be appointed as the Law and Order Minister.

“Those who make double deals are not suitable for this post, though higher-rankers in the Police Department are against the appointment of Mr. Fonseka, lower level officers are on board.

Sarath Fonseka is a war-hero. Those who boasted about war heroes should accept that. The personnel, who robbed and killed, had also been venerated as war-heroes today.

Ministerial portfolios are not forever. Those who are wavering should be removed from the Cabinet. The Cabinet cannot be finalized to satisfy the wants of Ministers. Appropriate decisions should be taken by the President and the Prime Minister and not by political parties,” he said.

Responding to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who has said that the cabinet reshuffle was a comedy, Minister Senaratne said Mr. Rajapaksa used to reshuffle the Cabinet to teach a lesson to ministers.

“Even some ministers had expressed different opinions over the reshuffle. They may make such statements when they are not given what they expected,” he said.

Senaratne said that while senior Police officers do not want Fonseka to get the post junior officers feel he is the right man for the job.

Senaratne said that Ministers cannot be appointed based on what one or two people think. He says Ministers who have feet planted on two sides must be removed.

- Asian Tribune -

Ranil's – A Stop Gap Appointment, it would be Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka in the end : Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
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