Mr. de Silva, who is considered to be an extremely close associate of Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been appointed by Nalin Jayatillake - the Executive Director of Leader Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd.
He was appointed to the post after the management suddenly terminated the tenure of the newspaper's editor - Wimalanath Weeraratne.
As a mark of protest against this, the editorial staff distanced themselves from duties.
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