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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

Miniser Ravi Karunanayake Denies President Asked Him To Resign

Colombo, 05 August, (Asiantribune.com):

Foreign Affairs Minister and former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake denies that he has been asked to resign.

It was reported that President Maithripala Sirisena has asked Foreign Affairs Minister Karunanayake to resign from his portfolio in the face of the allegations levelled against him in connection with the Central Bank bond sale, according to some government sources.

They said the President had told the minister that if he continued to function as a Cabinet minister, it would create serious issues not only to the government but also to the minister himself and as such the President had pointed out that the best solution available to the minister is to resign from his ministerial portfolio.

President Sirisena is reported to have conveyed this to the minister during a dinner held on Thursday night at Temple Trees to celebrate Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's completion of 40 years as a Member of Parliament.

Minister Karunanayake was also summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to testify with regard to the evidence submitted to it.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake while rubbishing the report, he categorically said that, "The reports and the rumors that I have been asked to resign from my post is utter nonsense."

- Asian Tribune -

Maithripala Srisena & Ravi Karunanayake
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