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Royal Australian Navy are pictured during a guided tour of HMAS Canberra (L02) at the main port in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on March 23, 2019. Some 1,000 Australian security personnel in four naval ships and a military aircraft are participating in the biggest joint exercise yet with their Sri Lankan counterparts. Australian forces will move on to India on March 30 then Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore before returning to Darwin.ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

Constitutional Council

confirms Kodagoda as

Appeal Court president


The Constitutional Council yesterday approved the nomination of Yasantha Kodagoda as President, Court of Appeal, ending a months-long bitter backroom tussle over the key judicial position.

Additional Solicitor General Kodagoda, 54, received unanimous support of the Constitutional Council (CC) chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, official sources said after a day of dramatic events involving the top job. President Maithripala Sirisena is now expected to formally make the appointment.

A source close to the process said Chief Justice Nalin Perera had other thoughts, but the CC decided to approve the nomination of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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