President asserts authority after warning Ranil
Posted on December 31st, 2017

Courtesy The Island

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena appointed newly sworn-in legislator Piyasena Gamage as state minister for law and order in a move that sought to reduce the authority of a very close ally of the prime minister.

Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) gave the influential portfolio to Gamage, a member of the Sirisena-faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Gamage became a minister after SLFP’s Rajapaksa-faction MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was unseated because she was found to be holding Swiss citizenship at the time of contesting the August 2015 parliamentary elections.

The latest appointment to the law and order ministry came amid SLFP’s criticism of cabinet minister Sagala Ratnayaka, a close ally of Wickremesinghe.

Several ministers have privately accused Ratnayaka of delaying the prosecution of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the former defence secretary, and showing leniency to members of the former first family facing corruption and murder investigations. He has denied any wrong doing.

Getting an SLFP loyalist to supervise the police ahead of the February local election is also crucial for Sirisena who is in a battle with the Rajapaksa faction to demonstrate who commands more support of among SLFP voters.

Six days ago, Sirisena told SLFP leaders that he has decided to carry out the “second stage” of his daring political bravery of defecting from the then strongman president Rajapaksa’s government in November 2014.

A rank outsider, Sirisena quit his Health ministry portfolio and challenged his former boss at the snap presidential polls of January 2015. He won with the support of a UNP-led rainbow coalition.

On December 22, Sirisena said the way to save the country from the scourge of bribery and corruption was to strengthen the SLFP which he described as the only “clean political force in the country.””Without strengthening the SLFP, I don’t see any clean political force that could save the country at this time in its history….

“As I took a courageous and bold decision to leave the (then) government on November 21, 2014, I have today decided to take my next major step. It will be in the interest of the country and its people to ensure a clean political force,” he said.

He said he did not fear consequences of his impending action out of his love for the country and its people.

Since his surprise announcement, he has declared that he will appoint another presidential commission to investigate corruption and mismanagement at SriLankan airline and Mihin Lanka.

Following Sirisena’s announcement of a probe into the airline all members appointed to its board have said they were willing to resign, but none has actually stepped down and continue to enjoy generous perks, officials said.

Last month, Sirisena suggested that Wickremesinghe’s government could be more corrupt than the previous regime that they toppled together.

6 Responses to “President asserts authority after warning Ranil”

  1. Lorenzo Says:


    For the first time in SL history a CROOK has been IDENTIFIED. It NEVER happened before.

    Now Sira, TAKE ACTION. NO MORE scarecrow tactics. ACTION ACTION ACTION.

    Use your sword at least NOW. You are 3 years late. Delay any further, others will CHOP you.

  2. Christie Says:

    India is not happy about Ranil. Because he gave Hanbantota to China lock, stock and barrel at least according to Islamabad. I agree with Islamabad because India does not trust Ralil 100% like Bandas.

  3. ranjit Says:

    What ever you guys say this sirisena guy doesnt have guts or brains to do anything . He is just bluffing the poor public that’s all . He still is a gramasevaka not a president because he acts like one . He is a good talker we know that but without action on any issues concerned our motherland . Look at what Tamils in the north and muslims in the east do to our land ,forests ,buddhist monuments and temples? Atleast any comment from this guy on those incidents ? Ranil and his gang of thieves selling our valuable assets and enjoying globetrotting and this guy just stay like dumb and dumber . What a shit president we got after sending the most popular guy in sri lankan politics . Let’s see how sharp his sword will be after seeing the bond scam report .

  4. Kumari Says:

    I agree with Ranjit. This is only defeat Rajapakse faction at the forthcoming elections. Rookadaya will carry on as usual with Ranil and Choura as the Head of State after the elections.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:



  6. Charles Says:

    Srirsena has no guts to stand upto Ranil and say NO. He had been protecting Ranil from the 8 January,2015. He will not change and has no sympathy for SLFP.

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