MOD briefs President on incident involving Eastern Province CM

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has briefed President Maithripala Sirisena on the incident involving Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed.Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the President was briefed over the incident after it was brought to his notice by the Navy. The Eastern Province Chief Minister had verbally abused a Navy officer in public at an event held last week during the opening ceremony of a science lab and computer unit at the Sampur Maha Vidyalayam. Television footage showed the Chief Minister verbally abusing the Navy officer on stage at the event after accusing him of failing to understand protocol.During the incident a child was also seen accidentally hit by the hand of the Chief Minister who even accused the Governor of failing to follow protocol. US Ambassador Atul Keshap was a guest at the event while Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando was the Chief Guest. It was reported that the Chief Minister was angry over the failure by the organisers of the event to initially invite him on stage to present gifts to the children. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda