Newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to put an end to the tradition of displaying photographs of politicians in ministries and government institutions. The President has advised not to display his photographs in any government institution or ministry setting the precedent.
The public display of the new President, the new Prime Minister, and the Deputy Minister in charge of the respective institutions have been displayed throughout history, once a new president or a government is established.
But the photographs of the president or the ministers in charge of government institutions will no longer be displayed. Instead, the State Emblem or the flag representing the President will be displayed.
In the wake of October Coup last year, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Prime Minister and some people had forced into state institutions and attempted to hang photos of the new prime minister. New President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's decision to put an end to this tradition would be commendable.