Sri Lankan Prime Minister submits his resignation | News


The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of the current president, resigned from his post on Monday after the continuous anti-government protests registered in recent weeks due to the worsening of the economic crisis that the Asian country is going through.


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After Rajapaksa, who resigned at the request of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the rest of his cabinet is also expected to resign this Monday, although the resignation of the Ministers of Health and Labor, Channa Jayasuman and Vidura Wickremanayake, is confirmed.

The prime minister’s resignation comes as Sri Lankan police decreed a curfew in Colombo, the capital, on Monday after clashes between government supporters and protesters demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa.

According to authorities, at least 20 people were injured.

Mahinda Rajapaksa spokesman Rohan Weliwita confirmed that the 76-year-old leader sent his resignation to clear the way for a “new unity government” suggested by the president to combat the country’s worst economic crisis since independence from British rule in 1948.

Protests against the Rajapaksa clan have lasted for weeks, with thousands taking to the streets to demand that the influential family resign for mismanaging the economy in the island country.

As a result of the violent police and shock group repression against the demonstrators, different unions and private sector unions, including port, railway and postal workers, decided to call a general strike.

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