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Austin Fernando was sworn in as the new Secretary to the President today (04).

Fernando was appointed as the new Secretary following the resignation of former Secretary P.B. Abeykoon who tendered his resignation late last month citing personal reasons.

Prior to the new appointment, Fernando served as the Governor of the Eastern Province.

He also served as the Secretary of Defense between 2001 to 2004 under the United National Front (UNF) government.