November 17 (newsin.asia) – Ministers from Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Front (UNF) government began resigning from their portfolios on Sunday after the ruling presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa lost the presidential elections.
Minister of Sports, Telecommunications and Foreign Employment, Harin Fernando, was one of the first Ministers to hand in his resignation saying he had decided to step down respecting the people’s mandate. Fernando said he was also resigning from his positions in the United National Party (UNP) which is the largest party in the UNF alliance.
Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, Ajith Perera in a statement said he too had handed in his resignation respecting the mandate of the Sri Lanka people.
Several more Ministers are rumored to have sent in their resignation letters after Sajith’s defeat and it is likely that Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe will also hand in his resignation letter later today.
President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa will take his oath as the new president of Sri Lanka on Monday morning in Anuradhapura, his party the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said in a statement.
Thereafter Rajapaksa is expected to form a caretaker government.