The Sri Lanka PMO issued a statement on Sunday, denying all reports of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation.
Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa (File photo: AP/PTI)
The Sri Lanka Prime Minister’s office issued a statement and denied all the rumours about PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation on Sunday.
The Prime Minister met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid the ongoing crisis in the country. According to sources, the meeting added to the speculations of the PM resigning.
Meanwhile, several important political decisions are expected to be taken during this meeting.
There are also speculations that Cabinet ministers are likely to resign after this crucial meeting.
Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has already given his resignation. Taking to Twitter, he said that he had informed the secretary to the President of his resignation from all portfolios with ‘immediate effect.’
I have informed the sec. to the President of my resignation from all portfolios with immediate effect, in hope that it may assist HE & PMs decision to establish stability for the people & the govt of #LKA. I remain committed to my voters, my party & the people of #Hambanthota.
— Namal Rajapaksa (@RajapaksaNamal) April 3, 2022
Former Sri Lankan minister Wimal Weerawansa also met the President and proposed an all-party interim government to be appointed to resolve the current crisis in the country.
Soaring inflation and a weakened currency have sent prices of basic goods skyrocketing in Sri Lanka. In the throes of an unprecedented economic meltdown, people in the island nation are queuing up for hours to buy fuel, food and medicines. More often than not, many leave empty-handed. Either the shop’s run out of goods, or their money has.
In the wake of the crisis, public anger has been mounting against the government. Protests have erupted in many pockets of the country, including the capital, with agitators blaming the Rajapaksa regime for shortages of essential goods and long power outages.