Speculation is widespread that Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne will be appointed as the new Central Bank (CB) Governor, after incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran's exit.
On the other hand, the Central Bank sources reveals that Deputy Governor P.Samarasiri was also a main contender for the top post at the Central Bank.
Provided President Maithripala Sirisena decides to appoint Dy. Minister Eran Wickramaratne as the Central Bank Governor, he will have to step down from his Parliamentary seat and the deputy ministerial portfolio.
Eran Wickramaratne is also the United National Party (UNP) organizer for Moratuwa.
Before taking to politics, Wickramaratne held a top position in the banking sector.