New chief ministers for Sri Lanka's North Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces were sworn-in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at TempleTrees this morning.
Maheepala Herath was sworn-in as the Chief Minister for Sabaragamuwa Province while S.M. Ranjith was sworn in as the Chief Minister for North Central Province.
Both chief ministers secured the highest number of preferential votes during the provincial elections which were held on the 8th of September.
However, the former chief minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake contested the expected appointment of S. M. Ranjith.
The crisis was resolved with the mediation of the President yesterday during a meeting between the President and the elected provincial councilors.
Meanwhile, Abdul Majeed Mohammed was appointed as the Chief Minister of the Eastern provincial Council.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who addressed those gathered at the location went on to say that this was the final election in which chief ministerial candidates would be selected based on the preferential system.
Speaking further President Rajapaksa also asserted that those who abuse the powers vested in them as chief ministers within their respective jurisdiction will be dealt to the fullest extent of the law.
However it is reported that the Former Chief Minister of the North Central provincial council was not present during the swearing in ceremony.
According to the presidential media unit the former chief minister was sworn in as a provincial councillor of the North Central Provincial council before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at temple trees.