Aug 22, 2017

President to ask Wijedasa to step down

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to ask Wijedasa Rajapakshe to resign from his justice and Buddha Sasana portfolio, political sources say.

It is better to allow him to resign, rather than removing him, as Rajapakshe had played a key role in his election, the president is of the view.

This morning, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asked the president to remove the minister, who is from the UNP.

However, Rajapakshe has ruled out resigning from his position.