President Calls Sajith to Form Govt

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has asked the Prime Minister-led Cabinet to resign and pave the way to form a national programme to stabilise the country ending the current crises, Mass Media Minister, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa told the media yesterday.

He also said, the Prime Minister’s decision to resign would either be made today or in the coming few days.

“Once the Prime Minister resigns the Cabinet stands automatically dissolved. The President requested us to resign to end this political stalemate,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa has phoned Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and invited him to form a Government. The latter on Saturday told a group of youth that he was not in favour to follow the request.

However, following the meeting with the Bar Association of Sri Lanka last morning, Premadasa said the party too had a national responsibility in the public interest and therefore was willing to consider the invitation to form an All-Party Government.

The BASL, on the other hand, met President Rajapaksa last morning and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksain the afternoon.

“Discussions went smoothly and both responded favourably,” the BASL spokesman said.

President Rajapaksa had informed the BASL that action to be taken constitutionally on the proposals presented by the Association will be taken into account.