Sixteen members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party who voted in favour of the No-Confidence Motion brought against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have stepped down from all governmental posts effective from midnight.
Former State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said President Maithripala Sirisena approved the letters of resignation following a meeting held at the President’s official residence last night (11 April).
The Former State Minister said they handed over letters of resignation to the President on the day following the NCM vote, which was approved last night.
He said all Cabinet Ministers including Ministers, Deputy Ministers, State Ministers and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament will step down from their posts adding the group will continue to work as part of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
The resignation of 16 SLFP members has left six Cabinet Ministerial posts, five State Ministers and four Deputy Ministerial posts vacant.
The Government has thus far officially announced that a new Cabinet of Ministers will be appointed prior to the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.