Sri Lankan Prime Minister ready to resign
Protesters broke barriers and stormed the presidential palace
Sri Lankans demanding resignation of President Rajapaksa
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a tweet said, “To ensure the continuation of the Government including the safety of all citizens I accept the best recommendation of the Party Leaders today, to make way for an All-Party Government. To facilitate this I will resign as Prime Minister.”
Earlier Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made a special statement pertaining to the events that have transpired in Sri Lanka and on the future course of action. He says the country cannot go on without a Government and that another Government will need to be formed, before the present Government steps down.
Thousands of protesters broke barriers and stormed the presidential palace in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
According to a foreign news agency, the police shifted the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday, ahead of the planned rally over the weekend.
During the clashes between the protesters and the police, the police fired in the air and shelled the protesters. But was unable to control the angry protesters
A Facebook livestream from inside the president’s house showed hundreds of protesters, some draped in flags, packing into rooms and corridors, shouting slogans against President Rajapaksa.
Hundreds also crushed the grounds outside the colonial-era white-washed building. No security officials were visible.
Sri Lanka is struggling under a severe foreign exchange shortage that has limited essential imports of fuel, food and medicine, plunging it into the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.