No decision to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister

The Government has not had any discussion on appointing a Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister Professor G.L Peiris said today.

The Minister of Education said however that the Government is vested with powers to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister.

Professor G.L. Peiris made the observation when addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP) headquarters at Nelum Mawatha in Battaramulla today.

He further said that there were no other institutions in Sri Lanka as politicised as the independent Commissions established under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

The Government has decided to abolish the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and replace it with the 20th Amendment.

There has been speculation that former President Maithripala Sirisena will be appointed as a Deputy Prime Minister through the Constitutional amendments. (Colombo Gazette)