Protesters have reportedly set fire to Rajapaksa’s ancestral home. The houses of some ruling party MPs and a judge have also been set on fire. Rajapaksa’s family, sitting in the chair of power, is watching the long-standing anger.
An MP was killed in the violence on Monday. However, he is said to have committed suicide by firing on himself before firing on protesters. Five people, including the lawmaker, were killed and at least 200 others were injured in the violence in Colombo.
In a special meeting on Friday, President Gotabaya requested the resignation of his elder brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the country, a report in Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported on Monday. Later, Mahinda Rajapaksa responded to that call. Earlier on Friday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced that his brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, had agreed to step down as prime minister.
After the resignation of the Prime Minister, other ministers have also started resigning, according to Sri Lankan media reports. The two ministers have already submitted their resignations.
Meanwhile, with the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, President Gotabaya is expected to invite all political parties in parliament to form an all-party cabinet.
Earlier, however, the opposition SJB party confirmed that their leader Sajith Premadasa would not be taking over as prime minister in a possible interim government.
After 28 years of military operations, the Sri Lankan military was able to end the civil war by defeating the 2009 Tamil Tigers. The victory in that civil war came during the rule of the Prime Minister and then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The family later won the election again. As a result, there are various allegations against them, including corruption, due to their long-term rule.
Sources: BBC, Al-Jazeera, Daily Mirror