‘President agrees to form Interim Govt’ – Ven. Dhammananda

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a letter to the Mahanayakes of the three Nikayas has said he agrees to form an interim government while assuring to take immediate steps to resolve the country’s crippling economic crisis, Registrar of the Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Medagama Dhammananda Thera, said.

Ven. Dhammananda Thera added, in his letter to the Mahanayaka Theras, the President also stated that any constitutional reforms should be carried out through Parliament.

The Thera also noted that the President has emphasised that the economic problems and the crisis situation would be eliminated and the welfare of the people ensured as requested by the Mahanayaka Theras.

He said the letter also mentions the ongoing discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in particular.

“The President has also expressed his willingness to establish an interim government. At the same time, he has informed that the constitutional amendment should be discussed in Parliament and carried out,” the Thera said.

Ven. Dhammananda Thera said the President has stated that the country’s economic problems and crisis situation will be addressed, and the welfare of the people will be ensured, as requested by the Mahanayaka Theras.

He added that the letter specifically mentions ongoing discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“The President has also indicated a willingness to form an interim government.” At the same time, he informed the Theras that the constitutional amendment should be discussed and implemented in Parliament,” the Thera said.

He also said the President has expressed that the Mahanayake Theras will be notified if there are any further issues in this regard.

It was previously reported that the President had sent a letter to the Mahanayaka Theras outlining the current state of affairs in the country and the next steps to be taken.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhasasana Prof. Kapila Gunawardena had handed over the relevant letters to the Mahanayaka Theras on the instructions of the President.

The letter was handed over to the Chief Prelates of Malwathu and Asgiriya chapters yesterday (24), said Prof. Kapila Gunawardena.

On 4 April, the Chief Prelates of the three chapters had sent a letter to President regarding the current situation in the country which also included several proposals to be implemented.

By Thameenah Razeek