Aug 23, Colombo: It has been reported that the embattled Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has met President Maithripala Sirisena and requested to allow him some time to resign from the minister post.
Minister Rajapakshe has reportedly asked the President for forgiveness for the statements made by him as a minister and has asked the President not to remove him from the ministerial post and allow him time to announce his resignation.
Mr. Rajapakshe has told the President that he will resign from his ministerial portfolio shortly and not to make another appointment until he resigns, local Sinhala daily Lankadeepa reported.
Later, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to grant the Minister's request.
Accordingly, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is expected to announce his resignation from the minister post today (23).