Lankan Prime Minister resigns, Rajapaksas family home burnt down; army out: The Tribune India
New Delhi, May 9
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office on Monday, injuring at least 130 and triggering a nationwide curfew and military deployment in Colombo.
The ancestral home of the Rajapaksas in Hambantota was burned down by anti-government protesters hours after Mahinda quit as prime minister.
The dean of the Rajapaksa clan who served as president, Mahinda has sent his resignation letter to his brother and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Another brother, Basil, resigned as finance minister after the economic crisis hit Sri Lanka earlier this year, leading to power cuts, fuel and medicine shortages and high inflation.
“With immediate effect, I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President,” Mahinda tweeted after resisting demands.
that he resign to pave the way for the formation of the multi-party interim government.
Mahinda said he was “ready to make any sacrifice even in the future to help the people and the government overcome the current crisis”. The violence has increased pressure on the government, led by Gotabaya, to form an interim administration to tackle the country’s worst economic crisis. Immediately after the violence, a curfew was imposed across Sri Lanka with immediate effect, a police spokesman said. Thousands of protesters have been on the streets for a month demanding the resignation of Gotabaya and Mahinda.
Gotabaya’s tweets suggested he was demonstrating his control over the situation despite the departure of several members of the Rajapaksa clan from the higher governance structure. “Violence will not solve current problems,” he tweeted.
MP, PSO found dead
Cornered by demonstrators, MP Athukorala opened fire. His car overturned, he took refuge in a building and committed suicide. Police said the MP and his PSO were found dead. PTI
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