According to sources close to the subject, business magnate Dhammika Perera is expected to enter Parliament via the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National List.
It was also revealed that Perera may take up a Ministerial position managing investments in Sri Lanka.
When questioned by The Morning on the news of Perera entering Parliament, Kariyawasam confirmed that Perera is on the list of potential names who may replace Rajapaksa.
“Basil Rajapaksa has not yet stepped down and until he does, we cannot say what the future decisions are. But, if he does step down, it needs to be notified to the Parliamentary Secretary and then the Elections commissioner, who will then Gazette the vacancy for the seat. We have a list of names that have been suggested, and Dhammika Perera is on that list,” Kariyawasam said.(The Morning)