Disappointed Liyanage requests President to accept resignation

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A disappointed ambassador to Qatar A. S. P Liyanage today said he had requested President Maithripala Sirisena to relieve his position as he wanted to be of service in Sri Lanka and nowhere else in the world. 

The well known businessman and Sri Lanka Labour Party Leader was appointed to his post this March.  

Addressing a press briefing, Liyanage said the president had promised to appoint him as a provincial governor when a post fell vacant. As he was unable to fulfill this promise he was appointed as the Ambassador to Qatar.

Expressing his disappointment at not being appointed to the post of Eastern Province Governor which recently fell vacant, Liyanage said he expected the President to appoint him to the next post as governor when it fell vacant.  

“I don’t blame the President but I am disappointed. My party is with the President always and will be a strong supporter of the government. I would like to state that this press conference is not to embarrass the government but to clarify the incident,” he said.  

The businessman also said he had been commended for his service as the ambassador to Qatar during the recent Gulf crisis. “The President and the Foreign Minister appreciated my services and requested that I stay in my post for a while,” he said.  

Liyanage stated that he could not leave his post as and when he wished as they needed to find his replacement. He hoped the President will concede to his request to resign and appoint him to a post he initially requested and was promised to him.  

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama was appointed as the new governor to the Eastern Province on Tuesday after the post was left vacant when his predecessor Austin Fernando was appointed at the Permanent Secretary to the President.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Sunil Wednesday, 05 July 2017 01:22 PM

    All these guys are interested in their status, not the well-being of the country.

    gerard Wednesday, 05 July 2017 01:23 PM

    He is a absolute joke....how he gets appointed to any post is a surprise and a shocker...these are the people who are supposed to be carrying sri lankas flag...he needs to go get a life...

    Remember Wednesday, 05 July 2017 01:29 PM

    People have ambition in life.

    dilip Wednesday, 05 July 2017 01:37 PM

    This is the problem with lots of Srilankans. Expecting a big post to do a service to the country.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 05 July 2017 02:00 PM

    If he is a businessmen, why does he need to do another job? Doesn't the President himself understand this simple logic? Why aren't we appointing a person who is a carrier diplomat to Qatar? Why don't we appoint a person who is qualified for a post of governor, instead of businessmen who in property and land? Why are our politicians doing this kind of humbug in this country? Arent they under some obligation to these businessmen?

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 05 July 2017 02:03 PM

    ASP Liyanage is a man with too many irons in the fire at the moment. Give him the job of Governor to the Eastern Province and send Bogollagama home because he is 'crooked'.

    ceylon Wednesday, 05 July 2017 03:05 PM

    just now you know sirisena is a liar .all knows from 2 years ago.where have you been . via DM Android App

    Ram Wednesday, 05 July 2017 03:55 PM

    If you are a man with a backbone why not engage in your business rather than going begging for positions. Further you must remember that you supported MR and not MS. Like the garden lizard these people change colours every time there is a change of government

    Jhone Wednesday, 05 July 2017 04:38 PM

    Qualifications are what... via DM Android App

    TONY Wednesday, 05 July 2017 04:43 PM

    MR PRESIDENT. I WILL BE HAPPY IF YOU PLEASE APPOINT ME AS AMBASSADOR TO QATAR

    Nihal Gunatilake Wednesday, 05 July 2017 05:10 PM

    Hello Is he a Businessman or a POLE VAULTER?? Or Both? YAHAPALANAYA CANNOT FIND ANOTHER "Briefless Barrister"to be the next EP Boss. He is notorious for holding GREAT BIRTHDAY parties -- bye - Nihal Gunatilake

    Mohamed Wednesday, 05 July 2017 05:47 PM

    We could see your disappointment in your office. Waste administration and poor service compared with other embassies in Doha.

    Mercedes Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:53 AM

    We do not understand what made president to appoint this Haramanis as an ambassador. What is there in him except the tweed suit and the perfume. This appointment shows that our head of state does not care for education and career diplomats.

    ravin Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:46 PM

    As he is indispensable.

    smartgent Thursday, 06 July 2017 01:11 AM

    Surprised why this guy was appointed as the Ambassador to Qatar. I have tell the President, PM and the Foreign Minister that I have worked in the Gulf for over 20 years in Senior positions and have maintained good relations with the Riyal family members and Senior Ministers in those countries. Therefore, I offer myself to be appointed as Ambassador to one of these countries.


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