His elder brother Mahinda has expressed reluctance to step down after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he could resign before the formation of an interim all-party government for Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a statement on Wednesday that an all-party government would be formed next Friday to “resolve the protracted political crisis.
A letter from the leaders of all parties said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would resign before Friday’s meeting. But Mahinda Rajapaksa has ruled out the possibility of resignation.
Mahinda said yesterday that he would not resign. The interim government must be under his leadership.
Citizens of the country, which has been in the worst economic crisis since independence in 1947, are blaming the royal family for the crisis. Activists are urging President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda, two top members of the influential royal family, to leave politics. Both are under increasing pressure to resign.
The country’s election commission on Tuesday called on all parties to form an interim government. In recent weeks, Sri Lankan business and various professional organizations have also called for the formation of an interim government.