Minister Ravi Karunanayake to make special statement before Parliament

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Before resigning, Karunanayake denied the allegations in a statement to Parliament, but said he was stepping down to protect the government which came into power in 2015 after vowing to fight corruption in the previous regime.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake to make special statement before Parliament Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 11:52 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. He also said that he resigned in order to set a positive example to the country.

The Premier said the minister's resignation to allow for impartial investigations showed this government's commitment to good governance.

The underfire minister was due to meet the media at 1.30 pm at his former residence near parliament.

There had been a strong demand for Karunanayake's resignation, including from his own party - the United National Party - led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Karunanayake was touted as a financial beneficiary of a stock broker and a central figure in the bond scam, Arjuna Mahendran.

Karunanayake had testified before a commission ordered by President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate a controversial bond auction that lost the state millions of dollars because of rising borrowing costs over the last two years.

Karunanayake was appointed foreign minister on May 22 through a portfolio swap that saw then foreign minister Managala Samaraweera taking up the finance portfolio.

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