The former army commander during the end of the armed conflict, Sarath Fonseka, was sworn in today as the regional development minister, following an appointment by the ruling UNP led coalition.
Mr Fonseka remains a highly controversial figure. An UN report released last year details widespread and systematic allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Sri Lankan military while he was in charge.
Suspected war criminal Sarath Fonseka takes oath as MP (10 Feb 2016)
Fonseka's party joins UNP led coalition (03 Feb 2016)