Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have been engaged in a series of protests demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa due to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. But both refused to resign.
A state of emergency has been declared across the country since midnight yesterday to quell the month-long protests.
Meanwhile, it was stressed that an interim government should be formed to resolve the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.
Yet no definite decision has been reached on the formation of an interim government.
It has been reported that Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to step down as Prime Minister and will resign Monday.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was quoted as saying at a special cabinet meeting at President Gotabaya’s residence that his resignation was the only solution to all problems and that he was ready to do so.
He also called on Sajid Premadasa, the leader of the main opposition Samagi Jana Pallegaya, to accept the PM’s job.
It has been reported that Sajid Premadasa had laid down certain conditions while the two were talking on the phone and that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had accepted them. It is said that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa should resign by Monday.
According to sources in his family, Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to resign May 9.
It has been reported that the cabinet will be dissolved after Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as the Prime Minister and the cabinet will be reshuffled next week.