Sri Lankan opposition parties meet to agree on a new government the day after the Sri Lankan president and prime minister offer to resign after months of political turmoil.
Protesters who attacked the president’s office, the prime minister’s office, and the prime minister’s office on Saturday spent the night there, saying they would stay until the prime minister officially resigned.
Opposition lawmaker MA Smantilan, combined with all opposition parties, could easily gather the 113 members needed to show a majority in parliament, after which he resigned and set up a new government for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Said to request.
He said the parties hope to reach an agreement on Sunday.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would resign when the new government was inaugurated, and hours later, the Speaker of Parliament said Rajapaksa would resign on Wednesday.
Pressure on both men increased as the economic collapse caused a serious shortage of necessities and people struggled to get food, fuel and other necessities.
According to the Constitution, speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeiwaldena will become interim president if both the president and the prime minister resign.
Thousands of protesters entered the capital, Colombo, on Saturday and flocked to Mr. Rajapaksa’s fortified dwelling. Videos and photos show a crowd of delights splashing in the pool in the garden, lying on the bed, and using a cell phone camera to capture the moment.
Some drank tea and used the gym, while others made a statement from the conference room demanding that they go to the president and the prime minister.
It is unclear if Rajapaksa was there at the time, and government spokesman Mohan Samara Nayake said there was no information about the president’s move.
Wickremesinghe and Abbey Waldena said in their speech that they had spoken to the president, but did not say anything about his whereabouts.
According to Wickremesinghe’s office, protesters later broke into the prime minister’s private residence and set it on fire. It was not clear if he was there when the invasion took place, and a spokesperson for the Prime Minister was not asked to comment.
The country relies on aid from India and other countries as leaders seek to negotiate bailouts with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Wickremesinghe recently said negotiations with the IMF are complicated because Sri Lanka is a bankrupt country.
Sri Lanka announced in April that it would stop repayment of external debt due to a shortage of foreign currency.
After months of demonstrations, Rajapaksa’s political dynasty was almost dismantled. The Rajapaksa political dynasty, which has ruled Sri Lanka for most of the last two decades, has been accused of mismanagement and corruption protesters.
The president’s brother resigned as prime minister in May after seeing fierce protests seeking safety at a naval base.