World media frowned at appointing Lt. General Shavendra Silva as the Commander of Sri Lanka Army due to war crime allegations against him during the last stage of war with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE).
However, Silva is considered a war hero by the majority Sinhala community of the island because of his service related to annihilating LTTE.
Silva has four months to go until his retirement time and he will enjoy a service extension of further six months, sources say.
Most of the local media remained neutral about the appointment whereas international media heavily criticized President Maithripala Sirisena’s move.
Following are some of the headlines of the international reports regarding the appointment.