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Midst of economic crisis, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

On Monday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned amid the country’s greatest economic crisis. He made the decision days after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother Gotbaya Rajapaksa suggested that he step down as a solution to the country’s ongoing political turmoil at a special meeting. The action comes as pressure mounts on the ailing government to appoint an interim administration to address the island nation’s unparalleled economic problems.

“I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President effective immediately,” the Sri Lankan Prime Minister stated on Twitter. Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1948, with frequent power outages and acute food, gasoline, and pharmaceutical shortages. Meanwhile, a statewide curfew was enforced in Sri Lanka when pro-government gangs beat demonstrators outside the ailing President’s office, wounding at least 23 people.

Since April 9, tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Sri Lanka, as the government has run out of money for vital imports and essential commodity prices have skyrocketed. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa proclaimed a state of emergency at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Friday.

Earlier today, Gotabaya and Mahinda appealed to the public to display moderation and remember that violence only breeds more violence, claiming that the economic crisis requires an economic solution, which his government is dedicated to achieving.

“While emotions are running high in #lka, I ask our citizens to be calm and remember that violence only breeds more violence. This administration is devoted to finding an economic solution to the current economic crisis “Mahinda used Twitter.

In a tweet, the President stated, “Regardless of political affiliations, strongly condemn the violent acts perpetrated by those encouraging and participating. The current challenges will not be solved through violence. I implore all citizens to be calm and restrained. I implore everyone to join hands in resolving this situation.”

 

By TIS Staffer
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