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“Although we have the majority in Parliament, I decided to resign as Prime Minister Because I respect and cherish democracy” Says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Special Statement Issued Prior to Resigning as PM on Nov 21st Morning

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hand over his letter of resignation to President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa today, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

“I met the President on Tuesday and spoke about the future activities of Parliament. We decided that we must accept the people’s mandate and allow the President to form a government, although we have the majority in Parliament.

I respect and cherish democracy. Therefore I decided to resign as Prime Minister. I will inform this decision officially on Thursady,” Wickremesinghe said.

He added that he faced criticism as well as praise during his tenure as Prime Minister and that under his tenure human rights, democracy, freedom expression, equality and reconciliation blossomed in Sri Lanka.

“With the 19th amendment we depoliticized state institutions. This is why we were able to hold the presidential election peacefully,” he said.

Courtesy:The Island