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Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa accepts invite to form govt in Sri Lanka

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said he has accepted the invitation from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form interm goverment in Sri Lanka, subject to certain conditions.

Sri Lanka’s Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa (Photo: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sajith Premadasa accepts Sri Lanka President’s invite to form new government
  • Premadasa is the Leader of Opposition in Sri Lanka
  • He called for President Rajapaksa’s resignation and abolition of Executive Presidency

Sri Lanka’s Leader of Opposition, Sajith Premadasa wrote an open letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa saying he is ready to assume the office of Prime Minister.

Premadasa said the Samagi Jana Balawegaya-led Opposition is willing to form a new interim government subject to four conditions.

FOUR CONDITIONS

Premadasa said in order to accept the invite, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must resign within a stipulated time period. He put forward these four conditions:

  • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must resign within a fixed time period.
  • Executive presidency must be abolished.
  • The 19th Amendment to the Constitution should be implemented within two weeks.
  • Parliamentary Elections to appoint a new government, after the implementation Constitutional reforms.

He claimed that the president must call for parliamentary elections to give the people an opportunity to elect a new stable government and to establish the rule of law.

In a late night address, Sri Lanka’s embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had said he would appoint a new prime minister and a young cabinet this week which would introduce constitutional reforms.

The statement came amid continuing protests over the nation’s worst economic crisis that ousted his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is under protection at a naval base in the wake of violent attacks on his aides.

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