Sri Lanka ruling coalition member party submits resignation from govt

August 02, 2007 (LBO) – Members of a Sri Lankan political party, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), that helps keep the ruling coalition in power submitted their resignations from the government Thursday. “We have decided to quit the government,” R Yogarajan, Vice President of the Ceylon Workers Congress told LBO.

CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman, who is a Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socioeconomic Development, and four members who were deputy ministers in the government submitted their resignations to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s secretary.

Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle told Vimasuma.com, our sister news website, that the CWC members had only submitted their resignations from the positions they hold in government and that they had not been accepted by President Rajapakse.

As a result, he said, this would not affect the government’s majority in parliament.

The government was trying to settle differences that led to the CWC move, he said.

Asked why the CWC quit the government, Yogarajan said it was because of an ‘incident’ that had ’caused some misunderstanding,’ but declined to elaborate.

Our sister news website Vimasuma.com said the reason was a verbal c