Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake making a special statement in Parliament today said that he was resigning from his ministerial portfolio.
He however said that although he is resigning from the post he would continue to work as a back-bencher in Parliament.
Meanwhile, a no-confidence motion against the Minister which was submitted to Parliament will not be discussed as the Minister had resigned.
The no-confidence motion was signed by 34 members of the joint opposition.
Karunanayake is facing allegations over the Central Bank bond scam. Karunanayake however denied the allegations raised against him.
He told Parliament today that the media had “crucified” him over the allegations yet he was not shaken.
Karunanayake also said that he had taken the decision to resign from his party with pride and to protect the Government. (Colombo Gazette)