Lanka News Network (LLN) claimed that Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has been asked to step down by the order of President Gotabya Rajpasksa. The published article says that, “it is speculated that Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) alGovernor Ajith Nivard Cabraal will resign soon, after orders by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and subsequent advice received from Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in light of President Rajapaksa’s discussion with officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).”

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We checked official website of Presidential Media Unit and found that President house had rejected allegation regarding orders of resignation from Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) alGovernor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

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Cabraal also gave an interview to a local news channel and denied rumors about his resignation.

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“The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal has said that all the rumors circulating that the President has asked him to resign are baseless.

The governor said this in a comment to the Daily Mirror website. He has further stated that neither President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa nor anyone else has informed him to resign.

“These rumors are not true. I will continue to be the Governor of the Central Bank.” He commented there.

According to a report in The Morning today, rumors are circulating that representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) who met the President recently had suggested that Mr. Cabraal should be removed from the post of Central Bank Governor. It further stated that the President and the Prime Minister had instructed Mr. Cabraal to resign.

The reports said that this was mainly due to the current economic crisis in the country and the Governor’s refusal to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on several occasions.

Over the past few days, the President and the Governor of the Central Bank have made a number of contradictory statements regarding the transaction between the International Monetary Fund and the Government of Sri Lanka.








Our research confirms that all the rumors circulating that the President has asked The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal to resign are baseless. Such rumors are making rounds on social media amidst ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka to mislead the people and spread hoax.

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