Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to resign in the face of ongoing economic turmoil. The prime minister made the decision at the request of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Earlier, in a special cabinet meeting, Gotabaya urged the prime minister to resign. Indian media outlet NDTV quoted a report in the Sri Lankan media Colombo Page as saying.
The Colombo Page reports that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presided over the special meeting, which was held at the Presidential Palace. He asked Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down as Prime Minister. Mahinda Rajapaksa responded positively to his request. As a result of the resignation of the Prime Minister, the cabinet will also be dissolved.
The country’s cabinet has been told that Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to resign as prime minister because of his own failure to address the country’s ongoing economic crisis. The prime minister later said that if his resignation was the only solution to the country’s ongoing economic crisis, he would do so.
Meanwhile, the country’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has acknowledged that tackling the country’s economic and political crisis has become a daunting task amid intense popular movement.
The president said the crisis was due to the absence of tourists in the country. The closure of factories has also become a burden on the existing economic woes.
According to the Colombo Page, citing political sources, almost all members of the country’s cabinet, including Prasanna Ranatunga, Nalaka Godahewa and Ramesh Pathirana, voted in favor of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation. On the other hand, cabinet member Vimalavira opposed Dissanayake’s resignation, saying that the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa would prove a failure in tackling the country’s crisis.
The report further states that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce his resignation in a special statement on Monday. The cabinet will be reshuffled next week.
Incidentally, the country is currently suffering from a severe food and electricity crisis. And the crisis is forcing the country to seek help from its neighbors. The country is facing a foreign exchange deficit due to the lack of tourists during the Corona epidemic, which is accelerating the economic downturn. As a result, the country is not able to buy enough fuel and gas. Besides, the citizens are being deprived of basic facilities. The economic crisis has sparked widespread protests demanding the resignation of the country’s prime minister and president.