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‘Speaker said president ready to step down’, claims Sri Lankan opposition leader | World News

Sri Lanka’s Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa on Wednesday claimed that Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene had assured that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was ready to resign if all political events request him, media stories said on Wednesday.

There have been rising requires President Rajapaksa’s resignation over the previous few weeks over his authorities’s mishandling of Sri Lanka’s worsening financial disaster.

Speaker Abeywardene, nevertheless, denied informing occasion leaders that the President was ready to step down, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported.

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“There is a report circulating on social media that I have informed party leaders of the President’s willingness to resign if they (party leaders) make a request. I only said the President is ready to handover the government to anyone who commands majority,” the Speaker clarified in Parliament.

Leader of Opposition Premadasa reiterated that Speaker Abeywardena had said this at a celebration leaders’ meeting.

“You said to the party leaders that all party leaders of his House go and ask him to step down, he is ready for it. We’re ready to do that. You give us the opportunity. All of us in the Opposition are ready to unanimously make that statement.

“I am not a fool to distort what you said. Don’t deny your statement. You are a Tom Pachaya (blatant lier),” Premadasa said.

The Speaker said it was Premadasa who was coming up with “Tom pacha (blatant lie)”.

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Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella additionally confirmed that the Speaker didn’t say.

A unanimous name from occasion leaders would have to embody the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), led by President Rajapaksa’s elder brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Political analysts say it’s unlikely that the SLPP will again such a name.

Sri Lanka, which is getting ready to chapter, is grappling with an unprecedented financial turmoil, the worst since its independence from Britain in 1948.

The disaster is triggered partially by a scarcity of overseas forex, which has meant that the nation can not afford to pay for imports of staple meals and gas, main to acute shortages and really excessive costs.

The island nation is witnessing large-scale protests in opposition to the federal government’s dealing with of the debt-ridden economic system – the worst-ever financial disaster within the nation’s historical past.

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Protests demanding the resignation of the President and his Sri Lanka Podujana (Peramuna)-led authorities have intensified as shortages continued and costs soared.

Last week, the Sri Lankan authorities said it could briefly default on USD 35.5 billion in overseas debt because the pandemic and the battle in Ukraine made it unimaginable to make funds to abroad collectors. 

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