New Delhi: Amid widespread protests over his dealing with of a devastating financial disaster and forward of his anticipated resignation, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the nation early on Wednesday (July 13, 2022). Rajapaksa, his spouse and two bodyguards, left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force airplane for town of Male, the capital of the Maldives, the air drive stated in an announcement. The president would almost certainly proceed to a different Asian nation from there, Reuters reported.
Rajapaksa, who has not been seen in public since Friday, was because of step down as president on Wednesday to make approach for a unity authorities. He had taken the choice after 1000’s of’ protesters stormed his and the prime ministers official residences on Saturday, demanding their ouster.
Parliament, notably, is scheduled to elect his substitute on July 20.
Sri Lankans blame Rajapaksa household for present issues
The Rajapaksa household, together with former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has dominated the politics of the nation of twenty-two million for years and most Sri Lankans blame them for present issues.
The tourism-dependent financial system has been hammered badly by the Covid-19 pandemic and a fall in remittances from abroad Sri Lankans. The Rajapaksas introduced in populist tax cuts in 2019 that affected authorities funds whereas shrinking international reserves curtailed imports of gas, meals and medicines.
In the island nation, petrol has been severely rationed and lengthy traces have shaped in entrance of outlets promoting cooking fuel. Headline inflation hit 54.6% in June and the central financial institution has warned that it might rise to 70% within the coming months.
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister in May
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the president’s elder brother, resigned as prime minister in May after protests towards the household turned violent. He reportedly remained in hiding at a navy base within the east of the nation for some days earlier than returning to Colombo.
Protests towards the federal government have simmered since May however erupted afresh final Saturday when a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals surged into Colombo and occupied key authorities buildings and residences.
Earlier on Tuesday, immigration officers prevented one other of the president’s brothers, former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa, from flying in a foreign country. He resigned as finance minister in early April amid heavy avenue protests towards gas and meals shortages and give up his seat in parliament in June.
(With company inputs)