Amid a severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Lanka PM quits, Rajapaksa family home set on fire amid clashes .The homes of several lawmakers from the country’s ruling party set ablaze. On Monday as clashes broke out in the island nation. The violence erupted after Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists today resigned as prime minister. And allegedly attacked anti-government protesters.
The residences of MP’s Sanath Nishant and Mahipala Herath and former minister Johnston Fernando set on fire by an angry mob. According to reports, protesters also set ablaze the ancestral home of Mahinda Rajapaksa. And Sri Lankan president and his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Medamoolana in Hambantota.
A retail store of MP Thessa Kutirachchi in Bandaravela residence also set on fire. While protesters destroyed minister Kanchana Wijesekera’s house at Matara.
The South Asian island nation of 22 million people is witnessing its worst economic downturn
The South Asian island nation of 22 million people is witnessing its worst economic downturn. Since its independence from Britain in 1948. With regular electricity blackouts and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicines.
Earlier, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister amid the worst economic crisis in the country. In a statement, his office said he was leaving to help form an interim, unity government after weeks of widespread protests across the country. And Lanka PM quits.
He took the decision after Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in a special meeting. A few days ago, requested him to step down, from power as a solution to the ongoing political crisis in the country. The move comes amid mounting pressure on the government. To form an interim administration to overcome the unprecedented economic turmoil before the island nation.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, 76, had sent his letter of resignation to his younger brother. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, clearing the way for a “new unity government”. At least two cabinet ministers have also stepped down.
The cabinet dissolved, so the largest opposition party refused to join any government led by a member of the Rajapaksa clan.