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Sri Lanka’s president vows to resign after protesters set fire to palace

The country faces an economic crisis that threatens to leave residents without basic survival items; Gotabaya Rajapaksa will resign on July 13

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Protesters demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gather inside the Sri Lankan Presidential Palace complex in Colombo on July 9, 2022. to demand his resignation stormed the complex

AFPO President i Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, promised this Saturday, the 9th, that he will resign from his post on the 13th of July. “To ensure a peaceful transition, the president said he would tender his resignation,” lawmaker Mahinda Abeywardana said in a televised statement. The announcement comes at a time when the country is facing an unprecedented crisis that has caused rampant inflation, with severe shortages of fuel, electricity, food and medicine. THE UN estimates, among other things, that almost 80% of the population skips meals to cope with food shortages and high prices.

On Saturday, dozens of protesters stormed the presidential palace demanding Rajapaksa’s resignation. A mob attacked and set fire to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private home, according to police and government officials. The protests come a day after a curfew was declared that was not respected and some collaborators, such as the railway authorities, were forced to transport some of the protesters to Colombo to take part in the demonstration. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the first name to replace the president, also said he was willing to step down so the country could have a government of national unity.

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Protesters demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swim in a pool inside the Sri Lankan Presidential Palace complex in Colombo │AFP

unprecedented crisis

The crisis, with an unprecedented dimension since the country’s independence in 1948, is attributed to the pandemic of Covid-19, which deprived the South Asian island of foreign exchange from the tourism sector and was exacerbated by a series of bad policy decisions, according to economists. The UN called on the Sri Lankan authorities and government to calm down. In May, nine people died and hundreds were injured during unrest in the country. In April, Sri Lanka announced a $51 billion foreign debt moratorium and began negotiations for an International Monetary Fund bailout.

*With information from AFP

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