Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Ravi Karunanayaka resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in a bond scam that is now being investigated, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.
Ravi Karunanayaka told parliament, “I have never done anything wrong, and I resign with pride to create a new political culture in Sri Lanka and ensure good governance.”
He said he would continue in the party as a backbench member of parliament.
The allegations over Karunanayaka, a former finance minister, followed his appearance at a presidential commission last week, and he has not been charged by any court.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who came into power promising to end corruption, has been under pressure to act against Karunanayake.