Prime Minister Will Not Quit

chairPrime Minister D. M. Jayaratne denied rumours that he was planning to quit. He said he intended to remain in that post as long as he could.

Premier Jayaratne was responding to a query at a special meeting with editors of several national newspapers at ‘Visumpaya’ yesterday (1). He said it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s prerogative to appoint and remove the Prime Minister and the latter had not suggested that he resign as Prime Minister.

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama recently said that the majority of SLFP parliamentary group wanted Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa as Jayaratne’s successor.

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