Tuesday, 11th May 2021

President controls police as lanka political crisis festers

Colombo (PTI): The sharp political differences between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have been further reflected in the allocation of key departments under various ministries. 

According to the subjects gazette published on Saturday, Sirisena has kept control of the police department under him as the minister of defence.

The UNP led by Wickremesinghe argues that the police cannot be controlled by Sirisena whereas the 19th amendment to the Constitution has restricted the president to just one ministry in addition to the defence ministry.

 

Sirisena had also kept the government printer under him which is the authority which publishes government-gazetted decrees.

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