President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned a special Cabinet meeting on November 9 (Monday) to discuss the Avant Garde issue. The special Cabinet meeting is due to commence at 10.00am.
President Sirisena made this revelation while at a function in Laggala.
The decision follows heated exchanges between ministers at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting over the controversy surrounding the Avant Garde private security firm. The exchanges arose after Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana made a controversial statement in Parliament earlier where he vigorously defended the company’s conduct.
At the Cabinet meeting held last evening, Ministers Rajitha Senaratne and Patali Champika Ranawaka had strongly criticized Marapana’s statement. They had accused Marapana of siding with the company and had also pointed out that he had earlier acted as a lawyer for Avant Garde Maritime Services. Senaratne and Ranawaka had also indicated that they might be forced to quit the government in light of these events.
The ministers had also pointed out that even the President and Prime Minister were now coming under criticism over the government’s inaction regarding Avant Garde.
The heated exchanges between ministers had finally prompted President Sirisena to announce that he would hold a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the controversy.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said that the special Cabinet meeting will be held on Wednesday. However, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne has clarified that the meeting would in fact be held on Monday.