Army, Navy get new commanders

Sarath CDS, Wasantha national security advisor, Jagath Army Chief, Thisara Navy Chief, Chandra governor

The Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka was yesterday appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff. He took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House yesterday.

This appointment, effective July 15, 2009, had been made in accordance with the powers vested in the President by the Chief of Defence Staff Act No. 35 of 2009, the President’s Office said.

Consequent to Gen. Fonseka’s new appointment, Maj. General Jagath Jayasuriya was appointed the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, effective July 15, 2009.

The present Commander of the Navy Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda was appointed the National Security Advisor to the President, from July 15, 2009. The present Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe has accordingly been appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, effective July 15, 2009.

The current Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and Competent Authority for the Internally Displaced Persons in the North, Major General G. A. Chandrasiri took his oaths as the new Governor for the Northern Province yesterday.

Accordingly, Dixon Dela, who was Governor of the Northern Province was appointed the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the Maldives, effective today – July 12, 2009.

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