Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claims the President has not asked for him to resign.
Speaking during a meeting with a group of local government representatives at Temple Trees today, Prime Minister Rajapaksa said he believes while the Head of State has never called for his resignation that he will not be asked to step down in future either.
The Premier claimed the government will uplift the country by either obtaining foreign aid or by carrying out necessary programmes.
Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen, Mayors and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna district leaders unanimously passed a resolution calling for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa not to resign.
The Prime Minister said they have not stepped away from any challenges throughout history adding therefore they will face the economic crisis as well.
Premier Rajapaksa claimed the government possesses short and long-term economic management policies to overcome the prevailing crisis.
The Prime Minister said the present administration was recently able to appoint individuals accepted by the public as heads of state financial institutions, including the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said he recently engaged in a discussion with his Chinese counterpart where China’s support for Sri Lanka was assured.
The Prime Minister said he also engaged in talks with other nations who have pledged to support Sri Lanka.
Premier Rajapaksa said the International Monetary Fund has also agreed to provide assistance during discussions where Sri Lanka’s prevailing situation was highlighted.
The Premier said he held discussions with officials including the Minister of Finance Ali Sabry who engaged in talks with IMF officials.
The Prime Minister claimed, while the IMF has faith in the government, they will also have to heed certain IMF demands.
Premier Rajapaksa said the country must follow such demands when moving forward in order to rebuild the nation.