Written by Staff Writer
30 Oct, 2018 | 9:58 pm
Colombo (News1st) – Secretary to the Prime Minister, S. Amarasekara spoke about Ranil Wickremesinghe not handing over Temple Trees to the current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at a media briefing held today.
Amarasekara noted that Temple Trees is an official residence and that usually, the outgoing PM remains at the residence for 2 to 3 days at the location with the consent of his successor.
He added that in the state sector certain officials live solely on state-provided housing, without a residence of their own, and in cases like this the state could allow them to remain in their official residence for up to 3 months. However, Amarasekara noted that there is no provision of this nature relating to Ministers or MPs.
Temple Trees was earlier occupied by Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President, Amarasekara noted that MR vacated the premises soon after his election defeat as he had a residence to return to and hopes that Ranil Wickremesinghe would do the same as soon as he finds a place to move out to.
While noting that they have no intention of pursuing legal measures to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe from Temple Trees, Amarasekara notes that as it is a state property it falls under his purview.
When questioned about whether PM Mahinda Rajapaksa had made any statements on this topic, Amarasekara responded by stating that he has not made any comment on it.
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