It said that there was no doubt that the minister should resign due to the nature of allegations levelled against him, but the responsibility for the scam should be taken by those who hold higher posts as well.
“Minister Karunanayake was removed as finance minister and appointed as the foreign minister by the President. That is not all, they readily gave him control over the National and Development Lotteries Boards as well. There is no rational basis for this allocation of subjects. No country has ever created a foreign ministry which handles lotteries boards,” former external affairs minister G.L. Peiris told a news conference.
He said this development had created a difficult working situation at the ministry driving away its employees including Foreign Secretary Esala Weerakoon.
He said the no-confidence motion which would be brought against Minister Ravi Karunanayake would have the support of MPs from both the SLFP and UNP who were against corruption.
“The no-confidence motion will be a success and a slap in the face of the government. Karunanayake continuing to function as the foreign minister will only bring disgrace to the country. Therefore, his resignation is a must,” he said.
However, Professor Peiris warned that any attempt by government higher-ups to shy away from taking responsibility for the scam, by making the foreign minister a scapegoat should be stopped. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
During the previous regime , which you were a part of the buck didn't even start!!!
Bala Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:43 PM
Where did the buck stop when you were Fin Min and Sajin ran riot in your ministry?
REYNOLD ABEYKOON Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:43 PM
It should start with helping Hamabamtota,Greek Bonds,Reduction of Duty on Gold and racing cars, Cheating investors on shares, asking commissions b4 projects get off the ground, How about having 2 passports and I/D cards is it by purpose or design
ceylon Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:46 PM
compare to allegations for ravi and mahindaravi is a cat and mahinda is a elephant. via DM Android App
AjithZ Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:47 PM
Definitely not. Whether its Bond Scam or any other, guilty parties should be punished. Corruption has to be stopped as much as possible and asap. Hope it'll start here and go back to your time in power. That's the only way we can think of a better future. Else, those who corrupt committing suicide may be a blessing to us citizens.
Dee Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:54 PM
Don't talk much. You never know where the buck will end up in? Save your breath till then.
Premalal Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:12 PM
Vacillation by the President and the Prime Minister is beginning to spin the issue out of control and may even undermine the government. I hope that the President would act his part even at this late stage and take decisions to stabilise his government propel the country forward.. Failure to do so may cause irreparable damage to him and let in the jackals back again. I also hope that the members of the UNP will act decisively despite the obvious inaction of its leader to save the party. They should realise that the party is bigger than the leader and act accordingly.
Bala Sunder Wednesday, 09 August 2017 01:17 PM
Pot calling kettle black. Where were you when all the misdeeds in your government was happening? You should have resigned then. The country had enough with your lot. Only difference now is ministers are being investigated and no white vans.
Wise Donkey Wednesday, 09 August 2017 01:45 PM
Dear Professor, Ian the previous government you did not have anything called a 'buck' to start or end, so you all had a field day. See one of your ambassadors posted to Russia is having a heck of time with the money he robbed while he was the ambassador. Incidentally he is closely related to former First Lady. Now tell us professor where was the buck then!
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