Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday resigned from his post amid protests over his government’s failed economy, reported local media.
Even though earlier reports claimed that the President had requested the Prime Minister to step down, the Prime Minister refuted the reports, stating that no such request had been made and that he will not step down.
However, following several discussions among the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party (SLPP) and its constituents parties, the Prime Minister has decided to resign from his designation.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Rajapaksa clan strongman, faced public wrath on Sunday in the sacred city of Anuradhapura. He was hooted and catcalled by the angry public who are on the streets demanding fuel, cooking gas and an end to power cuts.
The protesters want the entire Rajapaksa family to quit politics and return what they alleged stolen assets of the country.
The powerful Buddhist Clergy too had pressured the resignation of the prime minister and the Cabinet to pave the way for an interim government.
The President and Prime Minister came under fire, with many people calling them out over alleged state-sponsored violence on innocent protesters.
Several protests in support of the anti-government protests have sprung across the country, with a large-scale protest being held in and around Galle Face.
Even though there were several calls for the Prime Minister and his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down over the failed economy of the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to heed the calls.
Earlier reports also claimed that the President had requested the Prime Minister to step down, but Mahinda Rajapaksa refuted the reports, stating that no such request had been made and that he will not step down.
Several discussions were also held among the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party (SLPP) and its constituents parties, but the Prime Minister said he will not resign.