Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to replace his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and appoint an interim government. Senior MP Maithripala Sirisena said after meeting with the president. Sri Lanka has been going through a severe economic crisis for months.
Sirisena was previously the country’s prime minister, and resigned a month ago along with dozens of other parliamentarians. also left most ministers† The President and Prime Minister remained in their seats despite calls to resign.
President Rajapaksa and his family have been a part of the country’s political system for decades. The protesters in Sri Lanka hold the brothers responsible for the crisis and want them to resign. Yesterday, there was another nationwide strike, the first in 40 years, to put pressure on the brothers.
It was not clear whether the protesters would be satisfied with the departure of the prime minister while the president remains in office.
No fuel and medicine
Sri Lanka is heavily indebted, which caused the national currency to depreciate. The country has asked the International Monetary Fund for financial support. There is no money to import fuel, food and medicine. The crisis led to large protests.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Colombo:
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