President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Invites MPs to Discuss Sri Lanka Crisis

Sri Lanka

According to the media report President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has invited the eleven-party coalition allies comprising 42 independent MPs for a discussion on the country’s worst economic crisis.

During the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday evening, the MPs will also request the President to appoint a new cabinet to handle the crises faced by the country and request him to remove his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

During the meeting, the MPs will also discuss the list of proposals to President Rajapaksa to bail out Sri Lanka from the current economic and political crisis, the Colombo Page news portal reported.

Last week all the cabinet ministers of the country resigned apart from Mahinda at a time when the country was facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from the UK in the year 1948.

This letter with the signatures of the President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, former President Maithripala Sirisena, MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, and President’s Counsel Wijayadasa Rajapaksha on behalf of the 42 MPs who left the government and sat in Parliament as an independent group, has been sent to the President on Friday, Lankadeepa reported.

These political maneuverings were taking place amid a massive anti-government street protest are happening and they are demanding the Sri Lankan President’s resignation.

Citizens are protesting for a long time over the shortage of basic needs of the people.

Since Saturday, protesters from all walks of life have marched into Galle Face where Rajapaksa’s secretariat is located.

President Rajapaksa and his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, continue to hold power in Sri Lanka, despite their politically powerful family being the focus of public ire.

The President has defended his government’s actions, saying the foreign exchange crisis was not his making and the economic downturn was largely pandemic driven by the island nation’s tourism revenue and inward remittances waning.

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