Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign today


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to resign today to allow the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form a care-taker government until the general elections in March 2020.

According to the media report, Wickremesinghe discussed this matter when he met Rajapaksa on Tuesday.
According to the Sri Lankan daily, special Cabinet meeting is slated to be held at 4 pm today, after which the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will announce his resignation from the post.
The President has reportedly decided to appoint a caretaker cabinet with 15 members until the General Elections which can be held in March 2020 after dissolving the current parliament according to the constitution.
It is expected that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister of the care-taker government.
70-year old Rajapaksa defeated United National Party (UNP) candidate Sajith Premadasa by more than 13 lakh votes in the recently concluded presidential elections.
On Monday, Rajapaksa took oath as the president at Ruwanweliseya, a Buddhist pagoda, in Anuradhapura, situated in northcentral Sri Lanka. He is the second member of the Rajapaksa family to become the president. His older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa served as president from 2005 to 2015.
The new Cabinet is expected to be sworn in tomorrow. The caretaker government will continue until March 02, 2020 and a general election will be declared after the dissolution of parliament.

With inputs from Agency & Media reports
Image credit: The Economic Times

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