Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said he is not an astrologer and cannot forecast when the economic and political crises will end.
When asked how far the Government has gone in bringing stability, he responded, “I don’t think anyone can foresee political stability, but we’ll have to wait and see how the public reacts. I am not an astrologer, so I cannot predict when we will emerge from this crisis. This is not an Interim Administration. We wanted to form one, but everyone rejected it, so the President formed one. I was the one who proposed an Interim Administration before the people began to protest, but both the Government and the Opposition rejected it, and people took to the streets.”
He said as the Justice Minister, he is attending to political stability, but in terms of economic stability, he is unable to make a prediction. “I have got the portfolio not for my own satisfaction, but it is an endeavour to resolve the issue,” the Minister stressed.
Commenting on the present situation, he said political instability was due to the failure of the political leadership, which led to the economic crisis.
He told Ceylon Today that their aim is to bring about a stable government. “We need to sort out the political crisis. We may not be able to resolve the economic crisis. We are dealing with so many countries and they say there should be political stability for them to support us. This is why I am here and the Prime Minister is dealing with the economic crisis.”
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan