Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa resigns amid massive clashes

Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister (PM) Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned from office following violent clashes between government supporters and protesters in Sri Lanka.

According to foreign media reports, a spokesman for Mahinda Rajapaksa has confirmed that he has sent his resignation to Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Earlier in the day, pro-government protesters attacked protesters outside the president’s office in Colombo with sticks, injuring dozens. Troops were also deployed at key locations following the imposition of a curfew following violent protests.

According to media reports, the worst clashes between protesters and government supporters took place in Colombo yesterday when the family of President Rajapaksa and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the spot. Tear gas shells were thrown by the police at the protesters and an immediate curfew was imposed, which was spread all over the country shortly.

Sri Lanka deploys security forces after protesters try to storm President’s home

According to reports, supporters of President Rajapaksa attacked the unarmed protesters while they were camping in front of the presidential office on April 9, 2022. The violence erupted when the resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in more pro-Paksha buses. Addressing supporters near his home, Rajapaksa said he would protect the country’s interests.

Pro-government protesters tore down tents and set fire to anti-government banners, prompting the situation.

On May 6, the United People’s Force (UPF), Sri Lanka’s largest opposition party, filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet, including Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

It is to be remembered that Sri Lanka is currently in a serious financial crisis, and the country is bankrupt. Sri Lanka has less than one billion dollars in foreign exchange reserves. The country also faces difficulties in purchasing essential commodities due to lack of foreign exchange reserves, which has led to severe shortages of oil, gas, medicine and food. Meanwhile, the worst load shedding in the country continues due to shortage of oil.

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