The United National Party (UNP) is to make a tough push to seek the nomination of former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as the Defense Minister.
UNP Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe said that 59 MPs have already signed an appeal calling for Fonseka’s selection.
“We hope to get more MPs to sign this over the next few days,” he told reporters today.
Marasinghe said that the UNP hopes to make a recognized request from the President on Monday to assign Fonseka to the post.
President Maithripala Sirisena has already declined to assign Fonseka to the post.
The President presently holds the Ministry of Defense and Law and Order.