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Sri Lankan President won’t resign amid crisis, says ready to hand over govt. to proves majority in 113 seats

Punjab Tribune Bureau | April 05, 2022 12:08 PM

COLOMBO: Along with the political crisis in Sri Lanka, triggered by the massive economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that he will not resign, but is ready to hand over the government to whichever party proves that it has a majority of 113 seats in Parliament, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed senior party members on Tuesday.

According to the Daily Mirror, Rajapaksa held a political meeting on Monday. Public protests continue in Sri Lanka against the shortage of essential commodities and power cuts.

Sri Lankan President refuses to resign

Sri Lanka's 26 cabinet ministers on Sunday collectively resigned from their posts amid growing public outcry against the government over the economic crisis. President Rajapaksa has invited opposition parties to join the cabinet and form a unity government to deal with the crisis. The government has lost its two-thirds majority after the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) pulled out and some MPs threatened to sit independently, the Daily Mirror reported. However, the SLPP is now trying to capture its 113 seats so that it can remain in government with a simple majority and Mahinda Rajapaksa can continue as prime minister.

According to media reports, if the government fails to show its numbers today, it will be proposed to call the speaker for a debate to decide on the new prime minister and, as decided by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, hand over the government to the new party. will be given. Let us tell you that inflation is at its peak in the country. There is a severe shortage of diesel petrol. People are facing the problem of power cut for many hours. The government had banned the social media platform on Saturday in view of the protests.

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