Prime Minister decides to step down

2019-11-20 at 16:41

Leader of the United National Party Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to step down from the Premiership post.

In a special statement Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he has notified the decision to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Premier Wickremesinghe said although he commands the majority support in the current Parliament, as an individual who respects democracy, he has decided to bow to the mandate of the people at the 2019 Presidential Election.

Accordingly, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he has decided to allow President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to appoint his own Cabinet.

Premier Wickremesinghe said his decision will be officially convened to the President tomorrow.

While thanking all those who supported him during his term as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, the Leader of the United National Party said, during the past five years, he was able to ensure democracy, freedom, the right to information, freedom of expression, equality and reconciliation in the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said through the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, all state institutions were de-politicised. Premier Wickremesinghe said following the establishment of independent commissions, the country witnessed a free and fair election.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that after the 2019 Presidential Election, he held discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take the country forward. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that he will continue to extend his support to all persons to take the country towards prosperity.

Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe after obtaining 500,556 preferential votes from the Colombo district at the 2015 General Election, become the country’s Prime Minister.

The UNP Leader was removed as the Prime Minister on 26th of October 2018 by President Maithripala Sirisena with the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Premier, which Prime Minister Wickremesinghe claimed unconstitutional and refused to accept, resulting in a constitutional crisis.

The constitutional crisis ended with President Sirisena re-appointing UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister on the 16th of December 2018.