Mahinda Rajapaksa has not resigned, says Sri Lanka’s PMO

Colombo, April 3 (IANS) Mahinda Rajapaksa has not resigned as Prime Minister, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office clarified on Sunday evening, media reported.

Sources, however, said a new cabinet would be sworn in, along with opposition members, the Daily Mirror reported.

This follows a multi-party proposal that a new caretaker government should be appointed to ensure political stability.

Earlier reports said Prime Minister Rajapaksa is expected to step down from office in the coming hours after he and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed to form a multi-party caretaker government, the Daily Mirror reported.

Following a meeting with the 11 party alliance members, a proposal had been put forward by the members that a multi-party caretaker government should be formed immediately with a new prime minister to ensure political stability in the country.

Both Rajapaksas had given a favorable response with sources indicating that Mahinda Rajapaksa had agreed to step down for a new SLPP MP to be appointed as Prime Minister to ensure immediate political stability.

Sources said Dinesh Gunwawardena’s name has been proposed as the new prime minister, but it has yet to be confirmed.

On the side of the main opposition party of the SJB, the name of Harsha De Silva has been proposed as the new finance minister to replace Basil Rajapaksa.

–IANS

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