Prime Minister Mahinda is preparing to sit in the opposition . . . .

Appointment of new cabinet threatens Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to sit in opposition amid serious crisis.

It is reported that the round of discussions held last night (17) regarding the formation of a new cabinet was very heated.

It is reported that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has decided to appoint a cabinet with many new faces and has submitted the proposal at this meeting.

However, several senior ministers, including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who have vehemently opposed the proposal, have told the president that they will sit in opposition if the president’s proposal is implemented.

It is reported that the President has proposed to the four cabinet ministers who were recently appointed to make new appointments to resign from their posts.

However, Minister Johnston Fernando has strongly opposed the proposal and has stated that he is not ready to resign from the post of Cabinet Minister at this moment.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had told President Rajapaksa that if that happened, he and his group would have no choice but to sit in the opposition.

It is reported that due to this the discussion which was called to take final decisions for the appointment of the new cabinet ended without a final decision.

However, former ministers Dullas Alahapperuma, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena and Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera have previously stated that they will not accept new cabinet posts.

However, political sources say that the new cabinet will not be sworn in today (18) due to the crisis situation.

Meanwhile, former Minister Johnston Fernando has clarified that he has decided not to take any responsibility in the new cabinet.

He further stated that he too had taken that decision on the basis that no senior minister would be given posts.

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