President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that he would appoint a Prime Minister and a Cabinet which can win the confidence of the people of the country during the course of this week. “I am in the process of forming a new Government to prevent the country from going into anarchy ”.
The President said he will take steps to empower the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving more powers to the Legislature, after the new Government is formed.
“The new Prime Minister will be given an opportunity to carry forward his programme of work”, the President said.
Making a special statement, the President added that he received a number of requests for the abolition of the Presidential system.”
When the country is stabilized by the new Government, avenues will be created for the abolition of the Presidency after having discussions with the all stakeholders,”he said.
The President sought support from all to protect the lives of the people as well as their property and to provide all the essentials for the lives of the people without allowing the country to collapse in this extremely difficult time.
He requested the people to exercise utmost restraint at this point of time.
The President said that the unfortunate incident that took place on Monday morning triggered violence in all parts of the country
Violent activities were being carried out in an organized manner throughout the country even before the imposition of curfew. A parliamentarian was killed and more than 300 persons were injured as a result of violence through out the country. The IGP has been given specific instructions to conduct a full scale investigations into these incidents
“All those who were involved in unleashing violence will be brought to book soon.
“The President said that action will taken against those who organized these violent acts and those who were aiding and abetting in the future,”the President said.