Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Has Said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conveyed his willingness to step down if all party leaders make a unanimous call for his resignation States Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conveyed to the Speaker of Parliament his willingness to step down if all party leaders make a unanimous call for his resignation, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said.

Premadasa told parliament on Wednesday (20) that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had made this pronouncement at a party leaders’ meeting earlier that day.

“You said at the party leaders that all party leaders of his house go and ask him to step down, he is ready for it.

“We’re ready to do that. You give us the opportunity. All of us in the opposition are ready to unanimously make that statement,” said Premadasa.

A unanimous call from party leaders would have to include the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), led by President Rajapaksa’s older brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Political analysts say it is unlikely that the SLPP will back such a call. A newly appointed cabinet by Rajapaksa consists 19 SLPP members not counting the president and the PM.

Calls for President Rajapaksa’s resignation have been growing over the past few weeks over his government’s mishandling of Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis which has now precipitated a political crisis.

Protests islandwide have intensified since Tuesday (19) following a fuel price hike, culminating in a killing of a civilian protestor allegedly by police.

Courtesy:Economy Next