ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to meet new Sri Lanka President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday, and he is tipped to resign, making way for a new cabinet.
Lakshman Kiriella, current leader of the house said Wickremesinghe will step down.
Wickremesinghe met United National Party members Monday.
Galle district parliamentarian Vajira Abeywardene told reporters that UNP will support a motion to dissolve parliament immediately.
However others said there was no such assurance was given by a majority of members, who said they would sit in opposition benches making way for a new administration to be formed.
Sri Lanka Podujan Party founder Basil Rajapaksa told Sri Lanka’s Hiru TV that there were no plans to accommodate crossing over opposition members in a caretaker administration.
Under Sri Lanka’s constitution the President can dissolve parliament 4.5 years after its first sitting in September, which falls on March. (SB-Colombo/Nov19/2019)