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Sri Lanka’s main opposition parties agree to form all-party interim government – International News in Hindi


Sri Lanka’s main opposition on Sunday agreed to form an all-party interim government following the possible resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced on Saturday that he will resign on July 13. In Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa offered to resign after protesters stormed the official residence of the president in the heavily guarded Fort district of Colombo on Saturday calling for President Rajapaksa’s resignation.

After Rajapaksa’s possible resignation, opposition parties have come together to look for ways to move the country forward in the current economic crisis. “We have agreed in principle to form an interim government with the participation of all parties,” said Vimal Vimal Virvansa, leader of the splinter group of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party. “It will be a government in which all parties are represented,” he said.

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Vasudev Nanayakkara, another leader separate from the Sierra Leone People’s Party, said they do not need to wait for Rajapaksa’s resignation on July 13. President Rajapaksa on Saturday told Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhaywarden that he would resign on Wednesday after the country’s opposition parties demanded his resignation. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also offered to resign. The main opposition party Samagi Jan Balvegaya (SJB) said it had intense internal discussions.

“Our aim is to form an all-party interim government for a limited period and then hold parliamentary elections,” said SJB Secretary General Ranjith Madhuma Bandara. Leaders of political parties represented in Parliament are scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss holding a meeting of the House of Representatives to change power after Rajapaksa’s resignation. Wickremesinghe had said on Saturday that he was ready to resign to pave the way for the formation of an all-party government in the country.

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The Prime Minister’s Media Department had said that he would resign from the post of Prime Minister after forming a government that includes all parties and establishing a majority in Parliament. His office said Wickremesinghe would continue as prime minister until then. Wickremesinghe had told party leaders he was making the decision to step down in light of the fact that nationwide fuel distribution would resume from this week, the director of the World Food Program was due to visit the country this week and the Debt Continuity report would be completed soon.

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