Leaders of the opposition in Sri Lanka ask Ranil Wickremesinghe not to resign before President’s resignation

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COLOMBO: Sri LankaOpposition leaders have asked Prime Minister Ranil WickremesingheTo quit before President Gotabaya resigns RajapaksaAccording to a media report, Sumanthiran has said that he will resign on Wednesday. M.A. Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), MP, stated on Wednesday that the decision was reached at an all-party meeting in which leaders were present but not those of the Government. News 1st reported.
The channel reported that two unanimous decisions were reached at the meeting. One was to have Wickremesinghe resign immediately while the second was to have the speaker sack the Prime Minster before the President’s resignation takes affect.
Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya stated that the Commanders for the three-armed force were also present at this meeting.
He stated that the Prime Minister was trying not to offend party leaders.
Commanders advised that protesters were close to Parliament’s gates and asked permission to repel them with force.
He said that “We said we can’t agree to such an request” and added that the party leaders had called for the President of the United States and the Prime Minister to resign at their last meeting.
The leaders asked Wickremesinghe for his resignation to become Acting President. After that, Parliament was ready to work with him.
Wednesday’s departure by President Rajapaksa to the Maldives was a sign of the growing political crisis. He appointed Prime Minister Wickremesinghe acting President. This triggered a new wave protests in the country, which is suffering from the worst financial crisis since decades.
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, the Speaker, has stated that President Rajapaksa had informed him by telephone that he would resign today as promised. He stated that the election for the next president will be held on July 20.
Wickremesinghe is acting President and has declared a State of Emergency in the country. Protesters gathered in front of his office at Flower Road, Colombo.
Sri Lanka, a country with 22 million inhabitants, is in unprecedented economic turmoil. It has seen the worst economic crisis in 70 years, leaving millions unable to purchase food, medicine or fuel. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said last week that Sri Lanka was now bankrupt.



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