Sri Lankan President Agrees to Resign After Violent Protests

- 10 July 2022 09:27 WIB
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (photo/screenshot twitter @GotabayaR)
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (photo/screenshot twitter @GotabayaR)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will step down next Wednesday, the country’s parliamentary speaker said on Saturday.

The news of the president’s resignation triggered an eruption of celebratory fireworks in parts of Colombo city.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed to step down after a day of violent protests in which people stormed the president's official residence and set fire to the premier's home in Colombo.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said in a video statement Rajapaksa had informed him that he will step down from his post.

"The decision to step down on 13 July was taken to ensure a peaceful handover of power," Abeywardena said. "I, therefore, request the public to respect the law and maintain peace," he said as quoted by hindustantimes.com, Sunday, July 10, 2022.

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The announcement came after a dramatic escalation in months of anti-government protests over the dire economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

Previously, throughout the day soldiers and police were unable to hold back a crowd of chanting protesters demanding Rajapaksa’s resignation and blaming him for the country’s worst economic crisis in seven decades.

Protesters even stormed the president’s house. A Facebook live stream showed hundreds of protesters, some draped in the national flag, packing into rooms and corridors.

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Editor: Muhamad Al Azhari

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