Sri Lanka Crisis: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka is expected to step down.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is said to have agreed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s request to resign in the face of the island nation’s increasing economic crisis and the installation of a state of emergency.
According to sources, Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed to quit as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at a special cabinet meeting at the President’s House led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, according to the Colombo Page.
The Sri Lankan Cabinet has been notified that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked to resign due to his failure to deal with the country’s ongoing economic crisis. His departure will also signal the end of the government or the Cabinet as well.
Furthermore, Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that if the only way to resolve Sri Lanka’s ongoing economic crisis is for him to quit, he is willing to do so.
Meanwhile, according to the Colombo Page, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has admitted that managing the country’s economic and political problems has become a significant problem amid widespread public protests. He went on to say that the issue had caused a lack of tourists in the country. Furthermore, factory closures added to the strain of already existing economic problems.
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According to political sources, Sri Lankan Cabinet ministers Prasanna Ranatunga, Nalaka Godahewa, and Ramesh Pathirana have all agreed on Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to step down as Prime Minister of the country. Minister Wimalaweera Dissanayake, in contrast to the Cabinet ministers, has declared that Mahinda’s resignation will be fruitless in dealing with the country’s crisis.
According to the Colombo Page, political insiders also indicate that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce his resignation in a special announcement on Monday, followed by a cabinet change the following week.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is experiencing severe food and power shortages, requiring it to seek assistance from its neighbours. Foreign exchange problems caused by a tourism ban during the COVID-19 pandemic are blamed for the slump. The country is unable to purchase sufficient fuel and gas, and its citizens are without basic necessities.
The economic condition has sparked widespread protests, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa being called to quit.