By Jamila Najmuddin
Deputy Minister of Media Mervyn Silva has resigned from his post today just as Keheliya Rambukwella took oaths as the new Media Minister before President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The President's office confirmed that Silva had handed over his resignation this morning and had sought a new ministry.
Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror online that Silva had handed over his resignation this morning and was immediately given another Deputy Minister post by President Rajapakse.
Silva has been appointed as the new Deputy Minister of Highways.
Daily Mirror online learns that Silva's sudden resignation was a result of a dispute between him and Minister Rambukwella.
Silva who assumed duties at the Media Ministry in Colombo last week had made a pledge to resign from his new post if there were any allegations against him and if such allegations were proven to be true.
After taking oaths he had also received criticism from international media rights groups such as Reporters Without Borders who raised concerns as to why the President had appointed an anti media man to such a position.
He had however pledged to look after journalists saying he would treat them as his own. (Daily Mirror online)