Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to step down to make way for an interim government, party sources said Sunday but official statements said later he would stay on.
“Prime Minister’s office categorically denies rumors now in circulation to the effect that the Prime Minister is going to resign,” Director General of Information Mohan Samaranayake said in a statement.
“PM office also says that new arrangements to address issues relating to the supply of fuel, electricity and gas are being discussed.”
Likely replacements mentioned include Ministers Dallas Alahapperuma and Dinesh Gunewardene.
Sacked Minister Wimal Weerawansa told reporters after a meeting with President Rajapaksa had made a favourable response to an all party government.
A party source said it was “mostly likely that the PM would step down” today and tomorrow. President Rajapaksa will remain as President.
A government source said the Prime Minister had tendered his resignation but the President has not accepted it yet. (Colombo/Apr03/2022)