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Sri Lankan protesters attack the Prime Minister’s Office after the president fled the country

After the president fled abroad, protesters attacked the Prime Minister’s Office in opposition to tear gas, water cannons, and a state of emergency.

Both the national state of emergency and the curfew have failed to dissolve the protesters who rushed to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office. (AFP)

The Sri Lankan president fled the country, which was already upset by the economic turmoil, as protesters demanding a change in leadership trained the prime minister in their anger.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife departed on an Air Force plane bound for the Maldives on Wednesday, leaving the Prime Minister as acting president in his absence.

It looked like more enthusiasm in the 22 million island nations that had been captured for months by the economic collapse that caused a serious shortage of food and fuel.

Thousands of protesters wanted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to gather outside the premises of his office and expand the wall. After that, I could see dozens of people standing in the office or on the roof terrace waving the Sri Lankan flag.

However, Wickremesinghe appeared on television and repeatedly did not resign until the new government was inaugurated. However, he urged the Speaker of Parliament to find a new prime minister who agrees with both the government and the opposition.

Police initially attempted to use tear gas to disperse protesters outside the Prime Minister’s Office, but failed and marched increasingly down the lane toward the complex.

In the end, security forces seemed to give up, some withdrew from the area, and others simply stood around the overkill grounds.

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Political crisis

He fled, but Rajapaksa has not officially resigned yet, but the chairman of parliament said the president had promised him to resign that day.

According to government sources, Rajapaksa was expected to head to Singapore after fleeing to the Maldives, demanding anonymity. Rajapaksa can send a resignation after landing in Singapore, sources said.

Over the weekend, protesters seized the president’s home, office and prime minister’s residence after months of demonstrations that almost dismantled the Rajapaksa political dynasty, which had ruled Sri Lanka for most of the last two decades. ..

As protests escalated outside the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday, the government issued a state of emergency, empowering the military and police, and proclaiming a national curfew until Thursday morning.

In his television appearance, 73-year-old Wickremesinghe said he had set up a committee of police and military police commanders to restore order.

Assuming Rajapaksa resigns as planned, Sri Lankan lawmakers agreed to elect a new president on July 20 for the remaining term of Rajapaksa ending in 2024.

The person could potentially appoint a new prime minister, who must be approved by parliament.

A political impasse can exacerbate the economic collapse of a bankrupt country, as the absence of an alternative government can delay the expected relief from the International Monetary Fund.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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