The decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint former Army Commander Daya Ratnayake as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense has been reportedly cancelled due to government’s opposition.
When this happened, the letter of appointment for Daya Ratnayake’s appointment had also been prepared.
The basis for the governing party’s opposition is Daya Ratnayake preparing to contest the next general election as a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna member from the Kurunegala district.
Members of the government has pointed out that appointing a person such as Daya Ratnayake - who works as an active member of a political party with future political objectives - to the position of Defense Secretary, is not advisable.
They have further stated that Daya Ratnayake is a person who expresses his opinions aggressively, and therefore, he may worsen the existing situation instead of controlling it.
Accordingly, the President has reportedly changed his decision.
A former IGP, who was invited to accept the Defense Secretary post, has also turned down the offer.
Even though the President told addressing the nation that defense chiefs would be changed within 24 hours, no new appointments have been made thus far.