Sri Lanka Prime Minister Forced to Resign, 39 Left Injured in Presidential Palace Protest – Opinion

We reported earlier on Saturday on unrest on the southern Asian island-nation of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Thousands of protestors stormed government buildings in protest at poor management of resources and the state’s leadership, who had bowed before international environmental extremists.

According to multiple outlets, now the government is under severe pressure. Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned as Prime Minister and 39 people were injured in the break-in at the residence.


COLOMBO, July 9 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is willing to resign to make way for all-party government, his office said in a statement on Saturday, after thousands of protesters stormed the president’s official residence in Colombo.

Soldiers and police were unable to hold back the crowd of chanting protesters demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation, as public anger grows over the country’s worst economic crisis in seven decades.

Protesters also forced their way through heavy metal gates into the Finance Ministry and the president’s seafront offices.

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Wickremesinghe met with leaders of political parties to discuss the next steps after the unrest.

“Wickremesinghe has told the party leaders that he is willing to resign as Prime Minister and make way for an all-party government to take over,” his office said in a statement.

Wickremesinghe also had been relocated to a safer location

Reuters also reports that the nation’s president “left the official residence on Friday as a safety precaution ahead of the planned weekend demonstration, two defence ministry sources said. Reuters could not immediately confirm the president’s whereabouts.”

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