Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister to Resign Amid Protests


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One of the political casualties in Sri Lanka on Saturday was Ranil Wickremesinghe, a prime minister six times over whose leadership has been equated with Sri Lanka’s economic ambitions as well as its collapse.

Mr. Wickremesinghe He announced on Twitter that he would resignHe claimed he had accepted party leaders’ recommendation. Dinouk Colombage said that protesters invaded his home and set it on fire late Saturday. He was speaking for the prime minister.

After months of protests, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had to remove his elder brother, Mr. Wickremesinghe, a 73-year-old political veteran was elected prime minister in May. Mahinda RajapaksaFrom the post. He immediately began negotiations with the International Monetary Fund about the terms of an economic rescue.

Protesters viewed Wickremesinghe, as a protector for the Rajapaksas, immediately rejected the political alliance. Those worries have not subsided.

Mr. Wickremesinghe’s first turn as Sri Lanka’s prime minister came after the then president was assassinated by Tamil separatists during the country’s long civil war.

In 2015, his last tenure as prime minister was in a coalition government. It promised to support independent investigations into allegations of corruption and human rights violations levelled against the Rajapaksa siblings. Instead, critics alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena’s government was to blame for slowing down those investigations.

2018 saw Sri Lanka fall into a constitutional crisis. Mr. Sirisena intervened. He was expelled from Parliament and suspended.This was a surprise move that caught the nation off guard and was condemned by some ministers.

Mr. Wickremesinghe remained in the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo with a small coterie of supporters and Buddhist monks until the Supreme Court ruled on the matter, determining that Mr. Sirisena had broken the law. However, Mr. Wickremesinghe was reappointed as prime minister. The two men then stopped communicating.

In 2019 the Rajapaksas came back to power by winning landslide elections.

Before accepting the post of prime minister again in May, Mr. Wickremesinghe worked as an informal adviser for the Rajapaksa government while it tried to recover from the economic collapse. Criticisms of his acceptance of the job reacted furiously, saying that without his support, Rajapaksa might have had to resign sooner.


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