Sri Lanka’s opposition SJB will vote no confidence in the government.Say ready to impeach the president

Sri Lanka’s main opposition SJB passed a vote of no confidence against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government on Friday, impeaching embarrassed leaders if they did not address the difficulties faced publicly in the worst case. Announced that he is ready to do so. Economic crisis.

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa also said that power should be split among the president, the legislature, and the judiciary, as protests demanding the resignation of the president and the entire Rajapaksa family from the government continued throughout the country. Asked for the abolition of.

“The government must pay attention to the public’s request for the resignation of Rajapaxus, otherwise it will vote a vote of no confidence,” a leader of the Unified Popular Front (SJB) told Congress. ..

According to media reports, SJB has begun collecting signatures from the MP due to a distrust resolution.

Rajapaksa had previously proposed the creation of a unified government, but the main opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), rejected the proposal.

Mr Premadasa said President Rajapaksa could not agree with the interim government that remained as president. The SJB said it was ready to impeach the president. He also submitted a series of proposals to Parliament on behalf of SJB to deal with the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

Opposition parties support public protests across the island and demand the resignation of the president and the entire Rajapaksa family from the government. Opposition lawmaker Vijitha Herath said that if Rajapaksa did not resign, he would have to impeach his dismissal from the president.

“If he doesn’t respond to people’s problems, get ready to impeach him and take him away,” he said.

Thousands of people from all disciplines have demonstrated, demanded that the crisis be resolved, and asked Rajapaksa to resign from financial scandals. Rajapaksa resisted his request for resignation, even after members of his own coalition participated in anti-government demonstrations this week. Ruling party lawmakers called for the appointment of a provisional government to avoid possible violence.

Congress failed to reach an agreement in a three-day debate on how to deal with the economic crisis.

The president and his brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, remain in power despite their family being the focus of national anger. The other five families are members of the Diet, including Basil Rajapaksa, Irrigation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, and his nephew Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa.

A government speaker defends the ruling party, saying the president does not need to resign because the protests were aimed at achieving “constitutional objectives.”

Meanwhile, the new Treasury Minister Ali Sabri will resign within 24 hours of his appointment and will lead the IMF’s government negotiation team as the island nation struggles with an unprecedented foreign exchange reserve.

Former Justice Minister Sabri told Congress that he had resigned from the post to give way to someone who was better suited to accept the post. However, no one came forward to accept the post, so he decided to continue as Minister of Finance. “I will remain as Minister of Finance to do what is needed to save the economy,” Sabri told Congress.

President Rajapaksa appointed Sabri as Minister of Finance on April 4, after dismissing his younger brother Basil Rajapaksa, who was at the center of anger within the ruling Sri Lanka People’s Liberation Front (SLPP) coalition.

However, in a massive protest against the government over financial scandals, he submitted his resignation to the president within 24 hours. President Rajapaksa did not accept Sabri’s resignation.

The government has issued a bulletin listing the names of 24 members of the cabinet who resigned last week to facilitate attempts by Rajapaksa to form a unified cabinet with the opposition. However, all opposition parties rejected the offer.

Sri Lanka will begin negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on April 11. Negotiations will lead to the possibility of bailouts, including support for restructuring of external debt.

The European Union’s Colombo office on Friday emphasized the importance of the IMF program to the island’s economy in a statement.

“We emphasize the extreme urgency of the situation requiring authorities to begin in-depth discussions with the International Monetary Fund on the reforms needed to bring the Sri Lankan economy back to a sustainable path,” he said.

The Government of Sri Lanka has appointed an advisory board of prominent economic and financial experts to address the current debt crisis and provide guidance for island nations to work with the IMF and other lenders to combat the economic crisis. Provide.

Foreign Minister Payris told the country’s diplomats Wednesday that the government was ready to provide solutions to existing problems in accordance with the country’s constitution.

Minister Payris, who briefed the diplomatic corps at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, is fully aware that the Sri Lankan government is aware of the serious difficulties and scale of the people, and the most pressing issues are power cuts, gas, fuel and essential medicines.

Sri Lanka could run out of diesel by the end of this month, and India is rapidly running out of its US $ 500 million credit line to buy fuel in an unprecedented shortage of foreign exchange reserves.

Fuel shipments to Sri Lanka were scheduled to begin on April 1, but due to an emergency, they began in late March, according to people familiar with the matter.

Unless the Sri Lankan government calls for a further extension from India, three more Indian shipments are scheduled for April 15, 18 and 23, and the facility will be completely exhausted, they said. rice field.

The Sri Lankan Medical Association (SLMA) also warned President Rajapaksa about the shortage of even the most important medicines in the island nation due to the foreign exchange-related economic crisis.

SLMA states that there is a shortage of medical devices, equipment and reagents in the health sector. They stopped regular surgery to secure available facilities in case of a life-threatening emergency. He called for a meeting with the President to discuss an emergency response plan.

Leaders of 23 corporate bodies representing export, import and logistics companies also told lawmakers to “act responsibly and decisively and take corrective action to stop and reverse the rapidly deteriorating situation. I asked.

The association warned that their industry, which earns about US $ 16.7 billion annually through exports of goods and services, will stagnate if the current situation continues.

President Rajapaksa defended the government’s actions, saying that the foreign exchange crisis was not his fault, but that the recession was primarily due to pandemics, due to the decline in tourism revenue and domestic remittances in the island nation. The government has accused the public of protesting for politically motivating and accusing the opposition JVP of organizing the opposition.

On Thursday night, a group of protesters tried to destroy a barricade opposite the Temple Tree in Colombo, the prime minister’s office and residence.

On Friday, public and semi-public sector employees launched a full-day strike across the island to protest the government. Many government agencies across the country have been deactivated due to token strikes by employees of state and territory agencies.

Sri Lanka has faced the worst economic crisis since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. The Indian credit line for special economic relief packages has only provided a temporary solution. Sri Lanka’s opposition SJB will vote no confidence in the government.Say ready to impeach the president

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