The government has not yet taken a decision to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister through a future constitutional amendment, Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said. Peiris said. He says the government has not officially taken such a decision, although a new constitution could create a deputy prime minister.
He was responding to a question raised by journalists at a media briefing held at the Sri Lanka People’s Front office yesterday (24th). He said that the current Minister of Defense is President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the President of the country must be the Minister of Defense.
The presidency and the defense ministry are inseparable. Under Articles 3 and 4 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the post of Minister of Defense belongs to the President. Whether the President likes it or not, it cannot be abandoned. Although the age limit for contesting the Presidential election has been increased to 35 years by the 19th Amendment, it will be changed to 32 years again. The Minister further said that steps will be taken to remove the clause on dual citizenship.