Mahinda makes special statement, calls for polls

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa made a special statement in Parliament today when Parliament convened this morning.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya allowed Rajapaksa to make a statement despite not recognising him as the Prime Minister following the no-confidence vote yesterday.

In his speech, Rajapaksa said that being Prime Minister is no big deal as he has been in that position before and was also the President.

Rajapaksa said that the country was in chaos as a result of the value of the Rupee depreciating, fuel prices going up, the Central Bank bond scam and state resources being sold to foreign investors.

He said that the state of the country and the plot to kill the President and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa led to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) withdrawing from the coalition Government.

Rajapaksa said that he was later requested by the President to accept the post of Prime Minister.

He said if the United National Party was allowed to remain in the Government till it completed its full term the country would have been destroyed.

As a result, he says he accepted the post of Prime Minister to form a caretaker Government till the next Parliamentary elections.

The Prime Minister also accused the Speaker of working in the best interest of some Western countries and not the country.

He also said that the Speaker was abusing his powers in Parliament.

Rajapaksa insisted that not Parliament but the people have the right to decide the future of the country and so early Parliamentary elections must be held. (Colombo Gazette)

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