COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought the resignation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after his youthful brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa turned the President, asserting that governance will enhance if the President and the Cupboard are from the identical occasion.
Addressing the media after a spiritual ceremony organised for his 74th birthday on Monday, the Opposition Chief in Parliament stated it might be simpler to have a authorities the place the President and the Cupboard are from one occasion
“I think it is better if we have General Elections. Many Cabinet members have already stepped down. I think it is more effective to have a Government where the President and Cabinet are from the same party,” the Day by day Monetary Times quoted him as saying.
Rajapaksa additionally stated that the general public’s choice on the poll field wanted to be revered.
Gotabaya was on Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh President at an historic Buddhist temple, a venue chosen to mirror the huge mandate he bought from the Sinhalese majority, as he vowed to guard all communities whereas giving foremost precedence to Buddhism.
The 70-year-previous controversial wartime defence secretary was credited for ending the army marketing campaign of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who ran a 30-year struggle to create a separate Tamil homeland within the north and east of the island.
Gotabaya is each revered and reviled within the island nation the place he’s thought of a “war hero” by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, however principally distrusted by the minority Tamils.
A former army man, Gotabaya attended the counter-insurgency and jungle warfare college in Assam in 1980, served because the defence secretary throughout his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as president from 2005 to 2014.
Rajapaksa, who was appointed Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial transfer, resigned in December as two essential Supreme Court docket selections made the embattled former strongman’s efforts to cling to premiership untenable.
Rajapaksa was appointed the Prime Minister on October 26 by Srisena after sacking Wickremesinghe, which plunged the nation into an unprecedented constitutional disaster.
The apex court docket later unanimously declared that the dissolution of Parliament by Sirisena was “illegal”.
Rajapaksa gained energy in 2005 and went on to grow to be South Asia’s longest-serving chief. He turned the nation’s youngest ever parliamentarian in 1970 on the age of 24.



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