“Nearly 6.9 million people have voted for the President. Therefore, we make it very clear that President Rajapaksa will not resign under any circumstances” States Highways Miinister Johnston Fernando in Parliament


BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Amidst mounting islandwide protests demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation, Chief Government Whip and Highways Minister Johnston Fernando stated in Parliament yesterday (6) that the President will not resign under any circumstances.

Fernando said: “Nearly 6.9 million people have voted for the President. Therefore, we make it very clear that the President will not resign under any circumstances. We as a Government will be facing this situation.”

He was responding to a statement made by Chief Opposition Whip and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella to the effect that the Parliament has the power to elect a MP for the remaining term of President Rajapaksa if he resigns. “Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena asked us if there is a possibility of removing the President. At that time, myself and the Opposition and SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa informed him that the President could resign. We also informed him that the Parliament has the power to elect a MP to be the President for President Rajapaksa’s remaining term, but the Speaker had not reported the matter to the Parliament,” he said.

During the past few months, a number of protests were held in various parts of the country to protest against rising commodity prices and shortages of essential commodities caused by the prevailing economic crisis. As these issues have escalated in recent times, islandwide protests are now taking place demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the Government.


Courtesy:The Morning