“Economic decisions cannot be taken by politicians”, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Namal Rajapaksa said.
Speaking in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Rajapaksa admitted that while certain decisions made by the current administration were not, in fact, right, they were taken with the right intentions.
“However, this does not go the way they thought it would”, he said.
When inquired as to why the Government refused to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and float the rupee when they were initially advised to, Rajapaksa stated that economic decisions cannot be taken by politicians.
He revealed that Finance Ministers, nor Secretaries merely act upon the advice being given by other officials. “This was admitted by the current Finance Minister in Parliament”, Rajapaksa said, referring to a recent statement made by current Minister of Finance Ali Sabry in Parliament.
In light of the ongoing economic and political crisis, and the plight the citizens of Sri Lanka have been forced to face, Rajapaksa stated that this is a time for all politicians to come together with the community, and work towards one agenda.
“People responsible for taking decisions now need to look forward and take decisions, so that future generations don’t have to face the same challenges”, he said.