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Commenting on President Maithripala Sirisena's request for Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to take up the post of Army Commander or Overall Commander for two years, Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S. B. Dissanayake said the President was not speaking seriously and was only joking about it.

Addressing the weekly Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) media briefing today Minister Dissanayaka said the request for the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the post of Army Commander was not needed and it was not a serious appointment by the President.

“I personally admire appointing Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the post. After we finished the 30 year civil war, there will be no serious situations except for protests.

“If there is anything serious we will also get involved without doubt. There is no need of having special units. The appointment is fine to streamline the services of the Army,” Minister Dissanayaka said.

Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena had requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit the ministerial portfolio and take up the post of Army Commander or Overall Commander for two years to discipline the country.

There he told that Field Marshal Fonseka was known as a well-disciplined personality in the country and that he would expedite investigations over several issues as well.

He however said it needed creating Special Acts of Parliament to do so.

But nothing can be done in the country even if there was a special unit. There is law at present in the country to establish such units, he said.

“Otherwise the white-van culture should be taken up as the previous regime,” he said.

However addressing the media, Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa said the request should be treated as a serious matter.

“Several underhand forces are operational to hinder the development of the country. For that there should be special forces to suppress them,” Minister Zoysa said.

Accordingly, President’s thought it was a serious thing. The Government should be strong to protect the country.

“The Government’s main responsibility is to protect the civilians,” the minister said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • seqi Friday, 28 April 2017 06:36 PM

    SB .......why are you trembling via DM Android App

    Citizens Thursday, 27 April 2017 05:51 PM

    Dear General, This is the hour that country needs a man of your calibre. Please accept this position and discipline the country.

    ceylon Thursday, 27 April 2017 06:00 PM

    lanka is a lawless country.run by organised criminals.daily killings and crimes.people live in fear.need a strong man and a strong actions to create a lawfull society. via DM Android App

    gemunu de silva Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:07 PM

    Country need a man like SF at this moment, not a rascal like SB. SF clean and smart, SB is smelling, scared for honest man like SF..

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:13 PM

    This 'malabadda' set had to be either disciplined or castrated including their behind the curtain leaders for the betterment of the country before it is too late.

    ceylon Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:26 PM

    civil war was over but war against criminals not over.no one seems able to stop criminals.use the talented feild marshal for that. via DM Android App

    Demo Crazy Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:29 PM

    Army Rule by back door. lamp post yes Sir Opposition. End of democracy. This is why people on the road. No one to tell grievences via DM Android App

    JOKER Thursday, 27 April 2017 08:47 PM

    HON . PRESIDENTS SPEECH IS NOT A JOKE AS S.B.D. THINKS . MAARA GANG IS PLOTTING BEHIND SCENE TO TOPPLE THE GOVT. GMOA STRIKE PETROLIUM CO THREATALL ARE SOME OF THE ACTS OF PAID GANG S AGENDA. via DM Android App

    vis8 Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:41 PM

    Oh, this is just another yahapalana bluff to sidetrack their horrendous inadequacies in governance.

    Gayan Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:44 PM

    Yahapalane pouring from mouth no.

    Mohan G. W. Monday, 01 May 2017 06:16 PM

    He'd do better to discipline his tounge and himself first. SF is not capable of giving a talk without implicating the Rajapakses in whatever the theme of his speech. He does not seem to realise that by doing so he's only revealing the axel around which his life is revolving. His life seems to be turning around the Rajapakses, Rajapakses and again Rajapakses. SF is a free man, sometimes I wonder is SF really a free man?

    M.Dr silva Friday, 05 May 2017 12:43 AM

    What a bunch of jokers when the country is in dire straits,


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