Sri Lanka economic crisis: Embattled PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

The development came on a day supporters of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attacked anti-government demonstrators in the city of Colombo.
Mahinda Rajapaksa (File Photo/Reuters)
Mahinda Rajapaksa (File Photo/Reuters)
Published on May 09, 2022 04:05 PM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Under pressure to step down over Sri Lanka's worsening economic crisis, which has triggered protests across the island nation, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country's prime minister, announced on Monday he has resigned from office. “Effective immediately, I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President,” he tweeted.

 

Also Read | Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa likely to resign: Report

“The prime minister has sent his resignation to the President,” a government official said, on the condition of anonymity.

The decision came on a day supporters of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa--Mahinda's younger brother--attacked anti-government demonstrators in Colombo, leaving at least 78 people injured. “While emotions are running high in #Ika, I urge our general public to exercise restraint & remember that violence only begets violence. The economic crisis we're in needs an economic solution which this administration is committed to resolving,” the now-former premier had said in a tweet shortly after the violence.

 

Also Read | ‘Goons, thugs’: Ex-Sri Lanka cricketers slam Rajapaksas after Colombo clashes

Following the clashes, authorities clamped a nationwide curfew. Sri Lanka is already under a state of emergency for the second time this year.

 

The south Asian country of 22 million inhabitants is facing its worse economic crisis since 1948, when it became free from British rule. The ongoing protests started in early March; agitators have squarely blamed the Rajapaksa family for the crisis. Several members of the family, including Mahinda Rajapaksa' son Namal, were ministers in the national government until April 3, when the entire cabinet resigned en masse.

Also Read | Sri Lanka crisis: Opposition party rejects president Rajapaksa’s offer to form interim govt

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has, till now, rejected calls to resign.

Mahinda Rajapaksa served two terms each as the prime minister and President of Sri Lanka.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • An abortion rights protester holds a sign to keep abortion safe in Ohio at a rally in Columbus, on June 24, 2022. 

    US: Abortion groups turn to state legal fights after Roe ruling

    The US Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right to abortion is setting up a legal fight in some key states where lawmakers plan to enact bans before gubernatorial and congressional elections later this year. The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, leaving it up to the states to make their own rules.

  • Two people have been shot dead in a shooting at a nightclub in Oslo.

    Norway: Two dead, several wounded in shooting at nightclub in Oslo

    Two people were killed and several severely wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Norway's capital Oslo, Norwegian police said early on Saturday. A suspect was apprehended nearby, police added. "Two people are confirmed dead," the Oslo police department said in a tweet.

  • File photo of UK PM Boris Johnson.

    Boris Johnson in crisis after Tories lose in UK polls

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied he was worried that some of his ministers might seek to move against him while he was out of the country at summits in Rwanda and Germany, following election losses overnight. Asked if he was concerned about Conservative lawmakers who were not ministers seeking to oust him, Johnson said no. “Clearly we've got to listen to these results,” he said from Rwanda, where he is attending a Commonwealth summit.

  • Ukrainian service members patrol an area in the city of Sievierodonetsk.

    Ukrainian forces to retreat from key battleground city

    Ukraine was set to pull its troops from the ruined city of Sievierodonetsk after weeks of street fighting and bombardment, the regional governor said, in what would be a significant gain for Russia as it grinds out its offensive in the east. Reuters could not independently verify any of the battlefield accounts.

  • File photo of US President Donald Trump.

    ‘God made abortion decision': Donald Trump on top court ruling

    Former US president Donald Trump on Friday said "God made the decision" to end the national right to abortion after the Supreme Court overturned nearly five decades of settled law. "This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago," Trump told Fox News after a 6-3 majority said individual states should be allowed to make their own rules on abortion.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 25, 2022