President Maithripala Sirisena is considering appointing former Deputy Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Puttalam district MP Arundika Fernando to a new ministerial position after he apologized to the President yesterday.
His apology comes a day after President Sirisena sacked him from his position using executive powers vested in him in Section 46. 3 (a) of the Constitution, for making statements in support of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The former Deputy Minister had met with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday for a private meeting, the details of which were not made known to the media.
A day after his removal from office, former Deputy Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs MP Arundika Fernando met with President Maithripala Sirisena for a clandestine meeting this morning.
Details of the meeting were kept a close secret but President’s Media Director Chaminda Sirimalwatte accompanied the former junior minister to the President’s office, after which, reports said Fernando departed with the President in his car to an official function.
The President yesterday, using Executive powers vested in Section 46. 3 (a) of the Constitution, removed Arundika Fernando from his portfolio for making statement supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.