- President Rajapaksa voiced that he would appoint a Prime Minister and Cabinet this week
- President Rajapaksa also chaired talks with former Prime Minister and current member of the Parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe
- Mr. Wickremesinghe might be the next Prime Minister as the interim measure
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa affirmed that he will appoint a new Prime Minister and cabinet this week in the island nation. His statement comes after PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the post on Monday, vacating the elected government, amidst the worst economic crisis.
In an address to the nation, President Gotabaya said that to control the current situation, and prevent the country from heading towards anarchy, he would appoint a Prime Minister and Cabinet this week, that can command a majority in Parliament and can gain the confidence of the people of the country.
He continued, “Thereafter, a constitutional amendment will be moved to enact the content of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which will vest more powers with the parliament. The new government’s Prime Minister will be awarded the opportunity to produce a new programme and take the country forward.”
President Rajapaksa also chaired talks with the nation’s former Prime Minister and current member of the Parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe. As per sources, an agreement has been reached and Mr. Wickremesinghe might be the next Prime Minister as the interim measure.
Sources added that discussions are also in progress about who will take over as the interim Prime Minister. Multiple names have been shortlisted and in the coming days, Mr. Rajapaksa will chair meetings to zero in on the right candidate. However, the announcement to appoint a new Prime Minister has not quelled the peaceful protests.
The President noted, “When appointing the recent cabinet, several senior ministers and all Rajapaksa’s were omitted. A new cabinet with young faces was appointed. I also reached an agreement to dismiss the Prime Minister, and the Cabinet and allow the appointment of a new Prime Minister and Cabinet. However, on the 9th of May, an unfortunate event unfolded.”