Former Minister of Mass Media Dullas Alahapperuma has written a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet of ministers to make way for an all-party interim government in order to manage the country’s economic crisis.
In the letter dated today, Alahaperruma suggested that a small cabinet that represents all political parties that represent parliament must be appointed without delay for a period of no more than one year.
“The prime goal of such an administration must be to face the challenge of laying a permanent foundation for national unity and sovereignty and setting the country’s economic and political agenda through broad consensus in a set period of time,” he said.
Noting the repetitive requests by protestors islandwide, Alahapperuma’s letter stated that thousands of people have now taken to the streets due to the worsening economic crisis and that the matter should be addressed urgently.
“History will accord special significance to the sacrifice of the Prime Minister and the cabinet would have to make for such an interim government to become a reality. We must realise at least at this last burning second that every week this decision is delayed, the country’s future and stability is ruined for years,” his letter mentioned.
Alahapperuma concluded his letter to President Rajapaksa with the Alma Mater of Ananda College, which is also the school attended by President Rajapaksa.
“Appamado amatha padam (doing without delay). The will of the people is that we must act now without delay,” the letter concluded.