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Saturday May 15th, 2021
Defence

Sri Lanka President makes key changes in the military

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena has made changes in senior positions in the army in the first major shake-up of the military since being elected.

Five Brigadiers have been promoted to temporary ranks of Major General, by the President as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.

Three Brigadiers who promotions were "overdue" had also made Majors General, the Sri Lanka Army said in a post on its website.

Sri Lanka’s Army Chief Lieutentant General Daya Ratnayake, is due to retire shortly.

Among those tipped be replace him is Major General Jagath Rambukpotha.

The President also brought back from retirement several senior officers who were sent on compulsory leave by the ousted president Mahinda Rajapaksa over their close links with former army chief Sarath Fonseka.

Though President Sirisena was elected on a promise to trim the powers of the presidency and has delegated the running of the government to his Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe even before a constitutional change, he remains the Minister of Defence.

The President also issued a gazette notice this week which said the State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, who is a cousin of the Prime Minister Wickramasinghe will only be in charge of selected areas such as a the veterans office and a military school.

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