Constitution change de-politicized institutions, allowed free polls: outgoing Sri Lanka PM

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he will formally resign tomorrow, allowing President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form his own cabinet.

“During the last five years, we have established democracy, human rights and freedom of speech,” he said in a farewell message.

“The conduct of the election in a free, fair and independent way was one result of it.”

Wickremesinghe said he will officially resign on Thursday.

“Though we have the majority, we decided to allow him to form his own government, accepting the mandate of the people,” he said.

“I respect democracy. During my tenure as Prime Minister I have received praise and insults. I thank everyone who said good or bad about me.

“I also thank everyone who helped me carry out official duties.”

President Rajapaksa is expected to announce a 15-member cabinet.

Dinesh Gunewardene, a senior figure in Rajapaksa’s coalition said, Mahinda Rajapaksa would be Prime Minister.

Parliament is expected to be dissolved on March 01. (Colombo/Nov20/2019)





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