Colombo : The political crisis in Sri Lanka, which is facing a serious economic crisis, has deepened. Dozens of lawmakers from the ruling coalition left the government on Tuesday. Ali Sabri, who was appointed on Monday, also resigned within 24 hours. After the government was reduced to a minority, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced the lifting of the state of emergency in the country from midnight on Tuesday.
majority party will get Power
Gotabaya has announced that he will not resign and is ready to hand over power to any party with a majority in parliament. It is believed that the president may replace his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa with a new prime minister or hold mid-term elections. There are general elections for 2025. “Given the current situation, I now urge the President to take new and effective steps to deal with this unprecedented crisis,” Sabri said in a letter to the President. At present, there is a need to take unconventional steps, including the appointment of a new Finance Minister. Basil Rajapaksa, who was sacked as finance minister, was at the center of discontent in the ruling Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) coalition.
Four-day session of Parliament begins on Tuesday
The Daily News quoted former state minister Nimal Lanza as saying that more than 50 pro-government lawmakers had announced on Tuesday that they would operate as independent groups in parliament. He says he will remain in this role until the Kabul group is handed over power. Former minister Vimal Virvansh also announced that MPs from 10 parties in the government would leave the alliance. The four-day session of the Sri Lankan Parliament began on Tuesday. “We oppose discussion on the agenda in the absence of the ministers concerned,” senior opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told the speaker. Anura Kumara said the appointment of the vice president was also necessary after other parties in the coalition, including former President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), split. Deputy Speaker Ranjit Simbalpatia has resigned.