Colombo: Voting is underway in Sri Lanka to elect a brand new president following the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid an unprecedented financial disaster that has led to a scarcity of gas and different important commodities within the nation. Acting Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is among the many prime three candidates for the Presidential election by which 225 members of the House are eligible to vote and take part within the secret poll.
The different two candidates are SLPP parliamentarian Dullas Alahaperuma and National People`s Power (NPP) chief Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Sri Lanka’s most important opposition chief Sajith Premadasa yesterday withdrew his candidature from the presidential race and mentioned he’s supporting rival candidate Dullas Alahapperuma for the highest publish.
Premadasa took to Twitter to say that his celebration the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and its alliance and opposition companions will assist Alahapperuma, an MP of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), who’s within the fray for the upcoming presidential elections.
Premadasa mentioned that he’s heading with this resolution as he seeks the “greater good” for Lankans. “For the greater good of my country that I love and the people I cherish I hereby withdraw my candidacy for the position of President. Samagi Jana Balawegaya and our alliance and our opposition partners will work hard towards making Dullas Alahaperuma victorious,” he tweeted.
According to native media, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Dullas Alahaperuma are among the many prime two contenders. Alahapperuma was campaigning arduous for the presidential race alongside along with his prime ministerial candidate Sajith Premadasa in a bid to influence the Tamil MPs to vote for Dullas, the Daily Mirror reported.
Earlier, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had provided his resignation after fleeing the nation to Singapore. The president first flew to the Maldives after tens of 1000’s of protesters stormed his official residence within the capital Colombo.
The economic system in Sri Lanka is bracing for a pointy contraction as a result of unavailability of fundamental inputs for manufacturing, an 80 per cent depreciation of the foreign money since March 2022, coupled with an absence of international reserves and the nation`s failure to fulfill its worldwide debt obligations. Hundreds of Sri Lankans proceed to queue up at petrol pumps throughout the debt-ridden nation daily amid gas scarcity, and a lot of persons are ditching their vehicles and bikes for bicycles for his or her each day commute. The financial disaster which is the worst in Sri Lanka’s historical past has prompted an acute scarcity of important objects like gas.