Four ministers resign

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Following President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation announcement, four ministers have resigned from their posts.

Dhammika Perera, Mahinda Amaraweera, Harin Fernando and Manusha Nanayakkara were the ministers who resigned.

Recently-appointed Minister of Investment Promotion Perera resigned from his ministerial post stating that he accepted the position taking into consideration the current economic situation and the great love he has for the country.

“I am now of the view that Sri Lanka should expedite identifying and implementing a solution that will achieve economic stability and address the needs of the people of the country,” he said in his letter of resignation.

Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera resigned stating that he will step down from the post of minister after officially receiving the stock of urea fertiliser imported under Indian loan assistance.

On 29 May, Fernando and Nanayakkara were sworn in as Ministers of Tourism and Land and Labour and Foreign Employment, respectively.

They accepted ministerial positions in the incumbent government without the approval of Samagi Jana Balawega (SJB), and their party membership was later suspended pending disciplinary action.

Fernando and Nanayakkara announced their resignation saying they accepted ministerial portfolios in the Government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to do their utmost to find solutions to the ongoing economic crisis because a positive response from many political party leaders for a collective effort was not received.