The exiled president of Sri Lanka, who fled abroad this week to escape the mass rebellion against the government, said he had taken “everything possible” to avoid an economic crisis involving the island nation.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation was approved by Congress on Friday.
He flew to the Maldives and then to Singapore after hundreds of thousands of rebels appeared on the streets of Colombo a week ago to occupy his official residence and office.
Parliament in Sri Lanka met yesterday to begin the process of electing a new president, and fuel transport has arrived to provide some relief to the crisis-stricken countries.
Damika Dasanayake, Secretary-General of the Sri Lankan Parliament, officially read Rajapaksa’s resignation, which had not been published before.
In the letter, Rajapaksa said that the financial crisis in Sri Lanka dramatically reduced the long-standing economic misconduct before his presidency and the arrival of Sri Lankan tourists and remittances from foreign workers. He said it was rooted in the Covid-19) pandemic.
“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,” Rajapaksa said in a letter. rice field. “I have done my best for the country, and will continue to contribute for the country in the future.”
It was not clear whether he indicated his intention to remain involved in politics from asylum.
“It is a matter of personal satisfaction for me that I was able to protect people from the pandemic despite the economic crisis we are already facing,” Rajapaksa insisted.
The virus killed more than 16,500 people and infected more than 660,000 people in 22 million countries. There, Rajapaksa refused to begin the blockade on his first wave and told his doctor, “Don’t panic.”
One of his ministers said Sri Lanka did not need foreign vaccines and local relief from shamans was more than sufficient.
When Rajapaksa took office in November 2019, Sri Lanka’s reserves were already low, and subsequent pandemics claimed to have devastated the economy.
However, critics say that mismanagement of the government was a decisive factor.
According to official figures, Sri Lanka had $ 7.5 billion in foreign exchange reserves when Rajapaksa took over, but fell to just $ 1 million by the time he resigned.
The country is officially bankrupt.
Congress will meet next Tuesday to accept the nomination for the president’s post.
Voting to determine national leaders will take place on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the only representative of the parliamentary party and an ally of Rajapaksa, has been sworn in as acting president.
Wickremesinghe is one of the top candidates to play that role full-time, but protesters also want him to leave, which could lead to further anxiety if he is elected.
The opposition presidential candidate is Sajith Premadasa.
A potential dark horse is Dallas Alaha Perma, a senior member of the ruling party.
Wickremesinghe said yesterday that it would implement an emergency relief program to provide fuel, gas and essentials to Sri Lankans struggling due to economic conditions.
He also promised to enter into dialogue with protesters on reducing government corruption.
Sri Lanka’s central bank governor told the Wall Street Journal that Sri Lanka’s economy could shrink by more than 6% this year as political and social unrest influences discussions on financial bailouts with the IMF. ..
Yesterday, more than 100 police and guards with assault rifles were deployed on the approach road to Congress, with barricades and water cannons to prevent anxiety.
There were no signs of protesters, but a line of security forces patrols another approach road to Congress.
Street protests over Sri Lanka’s economic collapse boiled for months before it boiled on July 9, with protesters blaming the Rajapaksa family and allies for runaway inflation, lack of basic commodities, and corruption. ..
The Rajapaksa family has ruled Sri Lankan politics for years, and Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brother, Basil Rajapska, resigned from parliamentary seats in June due to a surge in street protests and became Minister of Finance in April. I resigned.
In the island nation’s 22 million island nations, fuel queues for several days have become the norm, but foreign exchange reserves have approached zero and headline inflation reached 54.6% last month.
Sri Lanka received the first of three fuel transports yesterday, said Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera.
These are the first shipments to arrive in the country in about 3 weeks.
The second diesel freight also arrived this weekend and is scheduled to ship gasoline by Tuesday.
“All three payments have been completed,” the minister said in a tweet.
A woman can be seen on the bench in front of the Parliament Building in Colombo.
Security guards are guarding outside the Parliament Building in Colombo.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/721135/Ousted-Lanka-president-says-he-took-all-possible-s The President of Sri Lanka has stated that he has “taken all possible steps” to prevent the crisis.