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Sri Lanka’s exiled leader Rajapaksa defends critical efforts

Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a letter of resignation to Congress that he “made the utmost effort” to avoid the economic catastrophe of Sri Lanka, but the coronavirus pandemic upset his efforts. rice field.

On Saturday, more than 100 police and guards with assault rifles were stationed on the approach road to Congress, and barricades and water cannons were deployed to prevent anxiety. (Reuters)

Exiled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka fled abroad to escape
Popular uprising He told his government that he had taken “all possible steps” to avoid the economic crisis that involved the country.

National Parliament meets on Saturday Election of new presidentWhen fuel shipments arrive to provide some relief to a country in crisis.

During the proceedings, Sri Lankan Parliamentary Secretary-General Damika Dasanayake officially read Rajapaksa’s resignation, but the content had not been published so far.

In his letter, Rajapaksa stated that the financial crisis in Sri Lanka was rooted in many years of financial scandals prior to his presidency.

He also blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for significantly reducing the arrival of Sri Lankan tourists and remittances from foreign workers.

“I believe we have taken all possible steps to deal with this crisis, including inviting members of parliament to form a whole party or a unified government,” the letter said.

Rajapaksa’s resignation Approved by Congress On Friday.

He flew to the Maldives and then to Singapore after hundreds of thousands of rebels went out on the streets of Colombo a week ago to occupy his official residence and office.

read more: President of Sri Lanka resigns after arriving in Singapore

Presidential candidate

Congress will meet next Tuesday to accept the nomination for the president’s post. Voting to determine national leaders will take place on Wednesday.

Six-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, an ally of Rajapaxus, the only representative of his party in parliament, has been sworn in as acting president.

Mr. Wickremesinghe, who wants to leave the opposition, is elected as the ruling party presidential candidate on Friday, and if he is elected, further anxiety is expected.

The opposition presidential candidate is Sajith Premadasa, and the potential dark horse is Dallas Alahaperma, a senior member of the ruling party.

On Saturday, more than 100 police and guards with assault rifles were stationed on the approach road to Congress, and barricades and water cannons were deployed to prevent anxiety.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka received the first of three fuel transports on Saturday, said Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera. These are the first shipments to arrive in the country in about 3 weeks.

read more: Prime Minister Wickremesinghe inaugurated as interim president of Sri Lanka

Source: Reuters

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