President Rajapaksa in a Private Conversation Urges Prime Minister Rajapaksa to Resign but Mahinda tells Gotabaya that he wont resign because he is engaged in an economic recovery project and that the executive President could use his powers and sack him if he so desired.

Jamila Husain

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a conversation with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said the President, under the 20th amendment, has the authority to make decisions to resolve the ongoing political crisis and he would extend his fullest cooperation to any decisions made by the President.

The Daily Mirror learns that Prime Minister Rajapaksa had informed the President that he did not have to wait to make any decisions, but could do so immediately as he had the power to do so.

Senior sources said that while Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has refused to resign saying he had the majority support in Parliament, the President however has been privately been urging him to resign.

However the Prime Minister has clearly informed the President that he would not vacate his seat at a time when he was trying to resolve the economic crisis, but if the President wanted to sack him, he could do so.

The President has for weeks now been meeting different political groups to seek a solution for the ongoing political crisis.

While one section is calling on the President to appoint a new interim government with a new Prime Minister, there is another group that says that Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot be removed as he still holds the majority in Parliament, The opposition however has been going all out asking for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down first.

Courtesy:Daily Mirror