Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake this afternoon publicly resigned from the Cabinet saying he was sacrificing his position to ‘set an example’ and for ‘democracy and good governance.’
Raising the point that he had been advised by his lawyers that there was no reason for him to resign, he said he chose to make the decision anyway in keeping with his ‘moral conscience’ and on behalf of the party and the government.
The former Minister said that he was proud to sacrifice his position for good governance and that he would with equal pride take his place among the backbenchers in Parliament, knowing that he had sacrificed his position for the greater good.
Extolling the virtues of the ‘Yahapalanaya’ government, the former Minister noted that never before had a sitting Minister been hauled before a commission to testify on his actions before – “This is a mark of the good governance government,” the former Minister said.
He continued to defend his position regarding the allegations brought against him in Treasury bond issue and furnished the Parliament with details of a Seylan Bank loan he had taken in order to buy the Monarch apartment at the centre of the controversy.
The former Minister also pointed out that he had only obtained lease and subsequent purchase of the Monarch apartment as a result of his daughter’s friendship with Annika Wijesuriya and that there had been no ulterior motive to the transaction.
Defending further his position, the former Minister said that his reputation was unblemished and that many of the 33 Joint Opposition (JO) members that had brought a ‘no-confidence’ motion against him were aware of his character.
In conclusion the former Minister thanked his wife and daughter for standing by him even through ‘this trying time’, while facing numerous allegations and besmirched character assassinations, despite having done no wrong.
Sources : DailyNews
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