May 07, 2022

PM to resign or not on Monday? Featured

A senior official in the Presidential Secretariat has said that the statement made by the Prime Minister's Media Secretary Rohan Weliwita that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has confirmed that the President had not made any request from him to resign from the post of Prime Minister, is false.

The senior official had told the Leader web site that the President had requested the Prime Minister to step down from his post, to which the Prime Minister had responded positively.

It is also reported that the Prime Minister had told the President that he had 50 years of political experience and therefore is well aware of the country’s situation.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had requested Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from his post at yesterday’s special Cabinet meeting.

Ministers Ramesh Pathirana, Prasanna Ranatunga and Dr. Nalaka Godahewa had supported the President’s request, according to political sources.

However, Minister Wimalaweera Dissanayake had said that there is no point in the Prime Minister resigning.

Meanwhile, his family sources say that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to a special statement on Monday announcing his resignation.

It is reported that a cabinet reshuffle is scheduled to take place next week as the cabinet will be dissolved as soon as the prime minister resigns in accordance with the constitution.

It is also reported that after the special Cabinet meeting several ministers and MPs from both the government and the opposition had visited the Prime Minister at Temple Trees yesterday.

According to 'Neth News', the group included former and current parliamentarians.

I don’t know; The PM has not resigned yet

When contacted by Sri Lanka Mirror the Prime Minister’s Media Secretary Rohan Weliwita said that he was unaware if the Prime Minister had resigned or not and did not know when he would resign.

He also said that when the media had inquired about the Prime Minister’s resignation, he had only said that the PM had not resigned at this point.