Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid economic crisis in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday announced his resignation from his post, amid the island country’s worst economic crisis since independence. His resignation comes after he and his younger brother and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa rejected repeated calls for his resignation.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the head of the ‘Rajapakse clan’, faced massive public anger on Sunday in the holy city of Anuradhapura. Citizens of the island country are showing dissatisfaction with the current government, struggling in long queues to get their basic necessities including food and medicines.

Earlier several Sri Lankan media outlets had claimed that the 72-year-old President had requested the Prime Minister to step down, however, the PM denied the reports. He said no such request has been made and he will not resign. According to PTI, sources revealed that his younger brother also wanted the resignation of the Sri Lankan PM, but he did not express his desire directly. The Sri Lankan president reportedly wants his brother’s resignation which would enable him to form a government of national unity.

His resignation comes after several rounds of discussions between the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP) and its allies. Influential Buddhist clergy also insisted on the resignation of the prime minister and cabinet to allow for an interim government.

On Sunday, the angry public demanding an end to fuel, cooking gas and power cuts, hooted the PM and opposed him. The protesters have demanded the entire Rajapaksa family to quit politics and return the alleged stolen property.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son left the country

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Yoshita Rajapaksa and his wife arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport and boarded a flight to an undisclosed destination. Yoshita currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

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