Sri Lankan foreign minister resigns

PV International Desk : Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned on Thursday before facing a no-confidence notion against him submitted by the Joint Opposition Group for his alleged involvement in the 2015 central bank bond scam.

Karunanayake made a special statement in parliament and then resigned from his post. In the statement, he said he was quitting in the interest of his party — United National Party — and the government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

There had been an across-the-board demand for his resignation on the issue of being a financial beneficiary of Arjun Aloysius, the stock broker who is the principal figure in the bond scam. Karunanayake was finance minister when the scam took place.