PM Mahinda Rajapaksa will attend the meeting in the absence of the cabinet: Sri Lankan leader

Sri Lanka Political Crisis:  Ahead of a crucial meeting called on Friday by Sri Lanka’s beleaguered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and estranged members of his ruling coalition, the parties insisted they would attend only if it was held without the presence of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet. On Wednesday too, President Gotabaya called a meeting of 11 political parties of the ruling coalition to discuss the possible formation of an all-party government to end the long-running political deadlock in the country.

‘The meeting should be held without the PM’ 
The invitees include more than 40 members who had announced their departure from the ruling Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) coalition. Vasudev Nanayakara, one of the party leaders, said on Thursday, “We are going for the meeting, but under one condition it should be without the presence of the prime minister (Mahinda Rajapaksa) and the cabinet.” Mahinda Amaraweera of former President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said he had written a letter to Gotabaya on Thursday with two conditions, which he did not disclose.

President wrote a letter to all party leaders 
Gotabaya, in a letter to all party leaders in the ruling coalition, said that the government would in principle be an all-party organization from the parties represented in Parliament. agreed to form the government. He fixed the meeting for Friday. Gotabaya said in the letter that after the resignation of his elder brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, an all-party government could be formed.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is firm that he will not resign and any interim all-party government can be formed only under his leadership.

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