Prime Minister of Sri Lanka resigns Due to Protests in The Country

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Sanaya Gupta

Sri Lanka is currently facing a detrimental economic crisis. Aspects such as the rising food prices and power outages have led to protests throughout the country. These protests have been happening since March 2022 because of claims that the current government is not properly handling the economic crisis. The anti-government protesters say those in power should resign.

Peaceful anti-government protesters were attacked by supporters of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The anti-government protesters responded by setting the houses of those in Parliament on fire, including the houses of the Prime Minister and his family. Rajapaksa resigned on May 9, 2022.

While Rajapaksa has resigned, his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, remains in power as president. The anti-government protesters also called for his resignation but he refused. The Rajapaksa family has been powerful in Sri Lankan politics for decades. 

Ranil Wickremesinghe is the new prime minister of Sri Lanka after being appointed by the President. 

On May 9, 2022, the former Prime Minister tweeted, “Effective immediately I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President.”