Sri Lankan president vowed to replace his older brother as prime minister

Sri Lankan president vowed to replace his older brother as prime minister

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will appoint an interim government to replace his brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Maithripala Sirisena, a prominent MP, said after meeting the president. Sri Lanka has been going through a serious economic crisis for months.

Sirisena was previously the country’s prime minister and resigned a month ago, along with dozens of other parliamentarians. Most ministers have also left. The president and prime minister remained seated despite calls to resign.

President Rajapaksa and his family have been part of the country’s political system for decades. Sri Lankan protesters blame the brothers for the crisis and demand their resignation. Yesterday there was another nationwide strike to put pressure on the brothers for the first time in 40 years.

It is unclear whether protesters will be happy with the prime minister’s departure as long as the president remains in place.

No fuel and no medicines

Sri Lanka is deeply indebted, causing the rate of the national currency to plummet. The country asked for financial support from the IMF. There is no money to import fuel, food and medicine. The crisis sparked massive protests.

Thousands took to the streets in Colombo:

Source: NOS

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