Sri Lankan president and premier announce they will resign after having homes invaded by protesters

The Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, said this Saturday (9) that the country’s President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has informed him that he will resign next Wednesday (13).

Sri Lanka experienced a day of mass protests demanding the resignation of the government for its handling of the economic crisis. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also said Saturday that he would step down.

Wickremesinghe’s office said earlier that protesters had set fire to his private residence during the protests. The Sri Lankan Daily Mirror showed photographs of hundreds of people gathered around the prime minister’s private residence in Colombo (the country’s largest city), in a smoke-filled environment, with the house on fire in the background.

The incident took place hours after thousands of protesters stormed the official residences of Rajapaksa and the prime minister.

A large number of people gathered in Colombo on Saturday, many from other parts of the country. of the island, to mark the third month of protests demanding the departure of Rajapaksa.

In the context of the demonstrations, Wickremesinghe announced that he will resign as prime minister just two months after taking office.

“To ensure the continuity of government, including the security of all citizens, I accept the recommendation made today by party leaders to give way to a unity government. To facilitate this, I resign from the post of prime minister”, he announced on Twitter.

The country is immersed in one of the worst economic crises since independence, in 1948, due to to dwindling foreign exchange reserves and heavy indebtedness.

Tension and discontent grew in March, when authorities imposed power cuts of more than 13 hours, leading to people to take to the streets to demand the government’s departure. Since then, hundreds of protesters have protested in Colombo and across the country.

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