The decision to resign from his position of Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka was made with pride and not with sadness or under pressure, Ravi Karunanayake said in Parliament a short while ago.
Making a special statement, Karnanayake explained that he had no need to purchase properties illegally and said the various allegations leveled against him were baseless.
“Everyone knows of my wealth. People from my party and others have visited me in my house. They knew that I do not use my wealth for politics,” he said.
Drawing parallels to the former government, the parliamentarian said the Attorney General was allowed to investigate ministers now, unlike before. “We want the authorities to continue their investigations,” he said.
“I have sacrificed my position for democracy and good governance. I am proud of the decision that I have made,” Karunanayake concluded.
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Comments - 63
Sandun Gunatilleke Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:44 PM
Then why did he do it ? Is he trying to stay on ? HE President, please sack him. Then let the UNP and SLFP members of parliament both give the coup de grâce - vote for the no confidence motion with censure for corruption, and end his political career forever.
BUSHEL Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:49 PM
Is that the end of the scam?
ANTON Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:53 PM
IF ALL THE OTHER MINISTER ALSO FOLLOWED RAVI , THERE WOULD BE NO ONE LEFT IN THE PARLIAMENT.
hemantha Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:54 PM
We must appreciate his decision. Truly "Yahapalanaya"
abcd Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:15 PM
ha haa........ho ho hoo.....
Snowy Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:55 PM
Good ridden of bad rubbish. Sayonara !
Citizen Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:56 PM
Good riddance of bad rubbish
Anushka Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:56 PM
Resigning is not enough. Culprits should go to jail. via DM Android App
Vajira Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:56 PM
Ohh finally he had to get that decision not by him but from pm. Anyway better he handover that penthouse too. via DM Android App
Go home Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:58 PM
Very nice. pls go home and rest
vithura Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:59 PM
This is good for democracy and all politicians tainted with corruption should go, as people do not want to see a repeat of MR era!
DHA Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:02 PM
When will the others follow ???
yahiya Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:02 PM
UNP is lost a valuable hard worker. But its too early to resign. Why can't wait till the final report.
Hadam Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:14 PM
You mean working so hard in thieving...?
Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:58 PM
Its a very bad hit for UNP, next RW should go out and pave way to Sajith.
malij Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:02 PM
Ravi can say things and deny till he die but there is no way he could cover up the fact that he had made most of his money from politics like some of his colleagues in the cabinet and like most of the politicians representing JO.
STEPS Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:03 PM
" Ravi steps down as FM " How many more steps remain ?
Menik Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:04 PM
Shame on you RK! You were talking like an angel and accusing the Rajapaksas! See what happens to everyone who tarnished the Rajapaksas! All will perish together. Gods will protect them because of the great service they did to this country!
buffalo Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:24 PM
naren Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:19 PM
Do you worship SATAN as your GOD?
giant step Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:06 PM
" Ravi steps down as FM " - One small step for Ravi - giant step for SriLanka !
suresh Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:06 PM
Thats it? Should have entered politics. No consequences of crimes committed
Prasad Hewawitharana Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:08 PM
Deputy Leader of Yahapalanaya is dead, politically. May the rest of the perpetrators of Yahapalanaya hoax fall on their swords with similar ignominy. Then let our development govermment return with a vengeance and recover our lost assets and growth prospects. We need vision, strategy and infrastructure, urgently. Only one leader has delivered on all of these, so far.
das Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:01 PM
How many were sacked or caught during the previous regime's time? Was that because they were innocent?
Sri Wickrema Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:03 PM
So far 2 cabinet ministers resigned after establishing this Govt. Under your leader's regime no minister resigned despite huge scams and frauds.
Sunil Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:12 PM
My first reaction: Thank God, he's gone. But much more action has to be taken regarding the bond scam.
RESULTS Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:14 PM
Knowing the herd mentality of our so called educated voters, one can well predict results at the next polls Sri Lanka the wonder of Asia..
gamini Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:16 PM
would MR also have the courage to resign. He is also tainted with much more serious cases
Steve Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:21 PM
not easy. you have to first catch his thieves and then go for him. He would say he knows nothing.
brainmaster Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:03 PM
Now make Mangala again Foreign Minister he is suitable. And Dr. Harsha Silva or Eran as Finance Minister. via DM Android App
Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:04 PM
Not a hint of contrition. Accelerate judicial proceedings. Time to acknowledge the political class is rotten to the core and are impoverishing our nation by their greed and stupidity. Time for fresh leaders not the usual plunderers and dead weights.
Ram Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:08 PM
Ravi resigned in shame and not with pride
Kaboos Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:08 PM
These politicians will lay down our life for their country. . President has handled the case systemically now ball is in PM court.
ashan Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:08 PM
well done Yahapalanya.
sunil Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:08 PM
Menik, you are utter stupid and should be examined by a specialist doctor. You say Rajapaksa's are great. For what ? For spinning out billions or for white vans saga. Remember the war was won by the forces and those who sacrificed their lives.
margosa Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:10 PM
Its fine whoever resigns. What is important is to get all funds back to the treasury with penalty, interest etc.
Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:11 PM
Yes resign, sorry won't do at this time Ravi, it is important that you should pay back the funds with interest. Boru Sobana Eppa Ravi.
Samsam Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:12 PM
Just the tip of the iceberg. I hope more heads from both camps roll, particularly the Rajapaksa brothers. For the MR acolytes, let's accept the fact that even this would not have been possible under their oppressive thumbs. While this resignation does not do much to solve systemic corruption, it is nonetheless, a victory for civil society and democracy in Sri Lanka. I hope it's the beginning of more resignations, prosecutions and the deliverance of justice.
Jagath Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:13 PM
What? World's best finance minister resign?
Hasitha Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:51 PM
I do not use my wealth for politics,” he said.??? :D :D...Of course you dont use your wealth for Politics. YOU USE POLITICS FOR YOUR WEALTH
Aladeniya Kirimathaya Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:01 PM
Ravi knows somehow Ranil will make him an Ambassador for a rich country.
Charlesnj Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:04 PM
The best thing that could have happened...after trying to make fools of all us at the investigations. You can't fool all the people all the time !
Manuel Benjamin Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:09 PM
Better now to start with Basil then Namal followed by Weerawansa and Gamampilla - that order is better to skip and scrap.
ice4083 Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:10 PM
they have given the word "pride" a very bad meaning
Steve Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:18 PM
Now impeach Ali Baba
nirmalath Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:29 PM
Anyone can say anything as this is Sri Lanka.What matters is he resigned and this has never happened before and we have not seen this kind of investigations during last regime.Long life for yahapalanaya.
sigiriya Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:35 PM
I too would happily resign with pride if my wife and daughter had bought the Penthouse for Rs 165 Million.
Some pride ! Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:45 PM
" I resigned with pride " two comments (a) What else can he say - we can never expect him to say "sorry", can we ? (b) Pride comes before fall.
Sharon Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:46 PM
Next news........"the Yahapalana government stepped down with Pride...." Good start RK
JAN Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:00 PM
Resignation is good decision but where is illegally earned money Bringhim to justice Confiscated money immediately via DM Android App
Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:04 PM
Who knows Ravi will be the next Prime Minister !!! This is the political game in SriLanka.
Prophet Arujuna Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:09 PM
Ravi's LBW was ruled out by a (Pakistani umpire), but when a English umpire enters - all the Mahinda's team will be ruled out either by tip catches, bowled or by stumping... we want that to happen in the near future.
SACRIFICIAL LAMB ! Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:11 PM
“I have sacrificed my position for democracy " -- So you call yourself a SACRIFICIAL LAMB ! ! -- A sacrificial lamb is a metaphorical reference to a person or animal sacrificed for the common good. -- In this case "LAMB" is inappropriate !
chinta Thursday, 10 August 2017 07:40 PM
his future depends with not mention about other collaborators,
Annesley Don Peter Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:11 PM
Ok quick.... quick.... putha who is next? May be Aluthgamage or Basil or Namal?
Ratne Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:11 PM
Yes every one knows his wealth and now it is exposed how it is accumilated via DM Android App
con.com Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:11 PM
He will be back next reshuffle!! Keep your fingers crossed.
Chandula Friday, 11 August 2017 11:46 AM
What will you say from behind bars? Or have you people already paid off all the investigators to say that you are all innocent?
Chandula Friday, 11 August 2017 11:51 AM
Being forced to resign isn't a sacrifice. It's becoming a disappointment to the people who elected you.
DADA Friday, 11 August 2017 02:32 PM
Ane Mage Bada Pirilla (Enough For My Next Generation)
Sunil Friday, 11 August 2017 02:36 PM
What pride can you have after robbing the nation. You should be behind bars.
Sandak Bandaralage Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:29 PM
Thank you GOD for saving our poor country - Finance and Foreign service!How many more to go!!
DJ Monday, 14 August 2017 07:49 PM
You should have resigned immediately not wait to make speaches, that would have been the credible thing to do. It clearly showed you tried your best to hold onto power. There are no credible politicians left in our country anymore, everyone knows that
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