Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka protestors renewed calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after occupying the Presidential palace, his office while party leaders met the parliamentary speaker in emergency session making similar calls.
“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the Party Leaders that he is willing to resign as Prime Minister and make way for an all-Party Government to take over,” his media office said in a statement.
PM Wickremesinghe was “taking this decision in view of the fact that island-wide fuel distribution is due to recommence this week, the World Food Program Director is due to visit the country this week and the Debt Sustainability report for the IMF is due to be finalised shortly.
“So as to ensure safety of the citizens, he is agreeable to this recommendation by the Opposition Party Leaders.”
To ensure the continuation of the Government including the safety of all citizens I accept the best recommendation of the Party Leaders today, to make way for an All-Party Government.
To facilitate this I will resign as Prime Minister.
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) July 9, 2022
Opposition party leaders have called for both President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to resign and for speakers to take an acting position.
Majority party leaders agree on below:
1. Pres @GotabayaR and PM @RW_UNP to resign immediately
2. Speaker to act for President for maximum 30 days
3. @ParliamentLK will elect MP as President for remainder term.
4. Appoint interim all-party government and elections soon
— Harsha de Silva (@HarshadeSilvaMP) July 9, 2022
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to resign, his media office said in a statement.
Key aragalaya activists issued a statement from the Presidential palace calling for the immediate resignation of the President, Prime Minister cabinet and non-cabinet minister.
They called for equality for citizens, regardless of race, religion or gender and release of arrested activists.
Omalpe Sobitha thero, a senior Buddhist monk, who has been active in the struggle said President Rajapaksa who took oaths in front of the historic Ruwanweliseya dagoba saying he was elected by Sinhala Buddhists no longer had their support.
Though 69 lacks of people had voted for him, according to surveys 97 percent of the people now wanted him out, he said.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also had to go he said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe called a party leaders meeting which was boycotted by the main Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
Opposition figures are meeting parliamentary speakers Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena in a zoom session.