State minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says 16 ministers and MPs from SLFP who are part of the unity government and voted against the Prime Minister will resign from government on 19th of this month.
“We have already informed of our decision to the President in writing, that after voting against the PM, constitutionally its not correct for us to serve as Ministers in the same cabinet. Today we have got the green light from the Central Committee, and we hope to sit in the opposition bench and serve the people” he added.
The SLFP ministers voted against the incumbent Prime Minister in last week’s No Confidence Motion. The Prime Minister defeated the no-confidence motion in the parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate on Wednesday where a vote saw 122 legislators back Wickremesinghe, while 76 MPs voted to remove him. Twenty-six members of parliament were absent during the vote.