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Cabinet resigns, interim govt. soon

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● OPPOSITION PARTIES TO BE INVITED TO BRING POLITICAL STABILITY
● MR MAY CONTINUE AS PRIME MINISTER
● PM EXPECTED TO MEET PREZ THIS MORNING WITH THE RESIGNATION LETTERS 
●PUBLIC PROTESTS HAVE BEEN PLANNED IN SEVERAL AREAS TODAY CALLING ON THE RAJAPAKSAS TO RESIGN 
● ALL MINISTERS AGREE TO SIGN CONSENT LETTER STATING THEIR RESIGNATION

Amidst rising public anger against the government, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday agreed to form an interim government, inviting opposition parties to join in, to bring immediate political stability.

Following public protests erupting islandwide for days against the ruling family and government members, the 11 party alliance members including Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila met the two leaders last morning and proposed to form an interim government.

The SLFP also fired warning shots at the two leaders that if a caretaker government is not set up within a week, the 14 SLFP MPS will quit the government and function as an independent group in Parliament.

During the meeting with the 11 alliance members, Prime Minister Rajapaksa had said he would step down from the premiership if it would pave way for political stability to resolve the ongoing crises facing the country.

By mid-afternoon, reports were rife that Mahinda had prepared his resignation letter and even signed it, but his office was soon to deny the reports that the Prime Minister had resigned.

Cabinet ministers were also of the view that Mahinda Rajapaksa must continue as the Prime Minister, even if a new interim cabinet is to be formed. Later last evening, all cabinet ministers arrived at Temple Trees to hold discussions with Mahinda Rajapaksa which went on for hours. Sources said that heated debates were exchanged during the discussions and following a few hours, Namal Rajapaksa consented to hand over his resignation from all portfolios to pave way for a new cabinet to be sworn in.

The next minister to go was Justice Minister Ali Sabry who tendered his resignation and finally, all ministers agreed to sign a consent letter stating their resignation.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning with the resignation letters and will within the course of the day address the nation or release a statement. He is then expected to extend a special invitation to all political parties to join hands to form an interim cabinet so that political stability is ensured in the country. Meanwhile, public protests have been planned in several areas today calling on the Rajapaksas to resign, and security will remain tight across the country. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


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  • Mahesh Monday, 04 April 2022 12:04 AM

    Lol. People wants pissa and his all family members to resign and go home. Not a cabinet reshuffle with another set of jokers. Go home pissa

    Kevin john Monday, 04 April 2022 12:05 AM

    What is the use when small thieves resigned and leader of the robbers still there

    Johan Monday, 04 April 2022 12:05 AM

    Is it to divert public anger or to solve the problem?..

    Shaun Jayawardhena Monday, 04 April 2022 12:06 AM

    We need Ranil!!!!

    Kal Monday, 04 April 2022 10:44 AM

    Are you nuts?

    Ted Cruz Texas Monday, 04 April 2022 12:11 AM

    All the thieves will still remain, while the titles changes. SL people said Gota go home… wanted Rajapakshas to leave not the title change among the thieves…

    S.V.KIRUBAharan Monday, 04 April 2022 12:12 AM

    To be frank, this won't help the country. Whoever govern the country, they need money. Without money whoever takes over next, will face the same problem. Therefore thiink wisely and act wisely.....

    Johan Monday, 04 April 2022 12:12 AM

    It is the Gota who js the problem.. Al the ministry seceretaries were choosen by him and reported to him indirectly... It is really not the cabinet an issue.. It is Rajapaksa family who destroyed SL.. Now by resigning cabinet, Rajapaksa's trying to put the whole blame on cabinet..

    Mk Monday, 04 April 2022 12:12 AM

    Accept. JOHNSON AND MAHINANDA

    Jayapala Siriduwage Monday, 04 April 2022 12:14 AM

    But you must be responsible and punished for the situation!

    Udaya Monday, 04 April 2022 12:14 AM

    MR

    Manage Monday, 04 April 2022 12:14 AM

    It is a another drama of Rajapaksa regimen. President and all ruling party members should go home.Never come to politics or Srilanka.Until all properties of all ruling party members to be seized by the next government (JVP) ALL RULING PARTY MEMBERS SHOULD BE IN JAIL.

    Mr Monday, 04 April 2022 12:18 AM

    Mahinda also should resign

    GoHomeGota Monday, 04 April 2022 12:19 AM

    This is a joke! People should not fall for this trap.

    Vipin B Monday, 04 April 2022 12:20 AM

    It is about time. The president should go as well. There is no way these uneducated thugs going to drive the country to prosperity. All these thugs and morons need to go – go for good. Enough is enough. Never again should these scoundrels. Enough is enough. These people need a future. These children need a dream. This country need to prevail.

    Praveen Peiris Monday, 04 April 2022 12:21 AM

    Who is going to take over the cabinet with the පිස්සු පීගුතු ?? All Rajapaksas should go home ... Desolve the parliment ... People will decide afterwards ...

    GHT Monday, 04 April 2022 12:25 AM

    Do not take any DEAD UNP or DYING SJB members as cabinet Ministers, it will RUIN our COUNTRY from bad to WORSE situation.

    Patriot Monday, 04 April 2022 12:26 AM

    What’s the use of it if MR and GR is going to stay It’s just fooling the people and people like weeerawansa wants this for them to be in cabinet if real change is expected from top to bottom fresh people should be appointed and powers within one person should be diluted

    True Sri Lankan Monday, 04 April 2022 12:27 AM

    Why not ALL the Rajapaksas ?? Have you not heard what the people are asking for ??

    sss Monday, 04 April 2022 12:30 AM

    Hope it is not changing pillows to treat the headache

    thugs of Asia Monday, 04 April 2022 12:32 AM

    dont let anyone of this cabinet to leave ´country, they must bring to justice.

    Roy Monday, 04 April 2022 10:26 AM

    No need of interim government all looters must go home

    N SENA Monday, 04 April 2022 10:30 AM

    GOTA, DODNT YOU UNDERSTAND. THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA WANT YOU TO RESIGN AND "GO HOME"

    Arun Monday, 04 April 2022 10:40 AM

    Wimalaya and Gommanpilaya are highly corrupted. They too are out

    Sambo Monday, 04 April 2022 11:20 AM

    They have to be out for sure. No party with brains will want to join with corrupted ministers.

    Waco Monday, 04 April 2022 10:45 AM

    No one has resigned. All have given their consent only.


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