President Maithripala Sirisena will recommended to the Constitutional Council the appointment of Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya as the new Chief Justice.
The present incumbent Priyasath Dep retires next month.
The latter too was appointed on a recommendation from the President. Earlier, Premier Wickremesinghe had proposed the name of Suhada Gamlath, one time Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and former Solicitor General. The Constitutional Council, however, could not reach unanimity over this nominee.