Nov 20, 2019

PM won’t resign: Mangala’s decision upsets plans

The Prime Minister’s office said they knew nothing regarding the news stating that Ranil Wickremesinghe was to resign from his post.

The PM’s office sources said that Wickremesinghe’s stand was to go for a quick general election in accordance with the constitutional provisions.

It is reported that a discussion had been held last night (19) between President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and they had agreed to act in accordance with the decisions taken during the meeting between the Opposition Leader, Prime Minister and Speaker.

Upon inquiry we learnt that so far the SLPP had not been notified regarding the stepping down of the Prime Minister.

Nalin Bandara’s media briefing

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara had called a sudden media briefing last afternoon without notifying anyone.

He had convened this media briefing knowing that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister were meeting last night.

Dream Cabinet resignation

According to UNP internal sources, all those who had resigned from their ministerial posts with the aim of being appointed as members of the caretaker government.

Mangala’s resignation foils all plans

Meanwhile, the decision taken by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to resign from his post is said to have foiled the dreams of all those who resigned earlier with the intention of obtaining ministerial posts in the caretaker government.

With Samaraweera’s resignation a group of UNP members are still trying to cling to power and continue the government. However, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had pointed out to them that as the President had received a huge mandate from the people, it is unjust to hold onto the government and it is only right that the government step down and allow the new president to form his government.

President cannot remove PM

The President does not have the power to remove the Prime Minister under the provisions of the Constitution prior to the completion of 4 ½ years.

This is a matter that had been accepted by the judiciary as well.