New Commander for the Army?

President Maithripala Sirisena is to appoint a new Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Commander today (18). The one-year extension of service granted to Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake ends today, creating a vacancy for the top post in the SLA.

The Sunday Morning learnt that the names of four Major Generals are top on the list of contenders for the position. They are Major Generals Sathyapriya Liyanage, Dharshana Hettiarachchi, Shavendra Silva, and Kumudu Perera.

Lt. General Senanayake has not sought a service extension, it is further learnt.

When contacted, Military Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu told The Sunday Morning that the President is expected to make the appointment by today (18).

Defence Secretary Retd. General Shantha Kottegoda also said that the appointment of the new Army Commander would take place by today (18). Meanwhile, Secretary to the President Udaya Seneviratne when contacted said that he did not know any details related to the appointment of a new Army Commander.