Parliamentarian Ranjith Siyambalapitiya will step down from the post of Deputy Speaker of Parliament today.
Parliamentarian Siyambalapitiya said a new Deputy Speaker will be appointed during the next Parliamentary session.
MP Siyambalapitiya addressing a media briefing said if an all-party government is to be formed it must be a short-term government that unites all political parties.
The MP said solutions cannot be provided to the country’s issues if the all-party government is not united.
MP Siyambalapitiya added he informed Parliament at the beginning of the month that he will only continue to serve as the Deputy Speaker under two conditions; that he serves as Deputy Speaker until the end of April, and that he will not accept any privilege as a Deputy Speaker with effect from the 5th of April 2022, the day he tendered his letter of resignation.
MP Siyambalapitiya said he directed a copy of the letter to the President as well as the Speaker yesterday.
On a separate note, MP Siyambalapitiya said Sri Lanka’s total debt was 170% of the GDP adding in the past if debt exceeded 100% it was considered an issue.
He said debt reaching 170% is a grave situation.
The Parliamentarian stated the International Monetary Fund requested Sri Lanka to implement a programme that revised debt sustainability.
The MP said the IMF is concerned over the political stability of the country adding the international community is concerned over Lankans stepping out in protests demanding basic necessities.
MP Siyambalapitiya said the IMF will not provide prompt aid to the government due to such concerns.