Crisis-hit Sri Lanka’s cupboard resigned en masse from their positions at a late-night assembly Sunday, the schooling minister mentioned. However, Mahinda Rajapaksa will proceed to stay Prime Minister.
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The resignations come hours after the PM’s Office refuted experiences of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation, calling them “false” and including that there aren’t any such plans at current.
Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, tweeted after resigning because the Youth and Sports Minister: “I have informed the sec. to the President of my resignation from all portfolios with immediate effect, in hope that it may assist HE & PMs decision to establish stability for the people & the govt of #LKA. I remain committed to my voters, my party & the people of #Hambanthota (SIC).”
Earlier on Sunday, college students protested outdoors the Peradeniya University towards the financial disaster. Cops used tear gasoline and water cannon to try to disperse the protesters, who’re defying a weekend curfew imposed by the federal government.
Hundreds joined the march by Opposition leaders in capital Colombo earlier than it was stopped close to the house of opposition chief Sajith Premadasa by a big group of police and troopers carrying assault rifles.
The Sri Lankan authorities on Saturday blocked entry to all social media platforms, together with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and YouTube, in its newest bid to quell protests towards President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The ban was lifted on Sunday afternoon after the PM’s son Namal Rajapaksa spoke towards it.
A 36-hour curfew, which started on Saturday 6 pm, will proceed until Monday 6 am – a interval that noticed mass anti-government protests towards worsening shortages of gasoline, meals and medicines. At least 664 individuals have been arrested for violating the curfew, officers mentioned.
The curfew and state of emergency within the near-bankrupt nation got here as social media posts known as for protests on Sunday. “Do not be deterred by tear gas, very soon they will run out of dollars to re-stock,” mentioned one submit encouraging individuals to protest even when police try to interrupt up gatherings.
The powerful legal guidelines enable the navy to arrest and detain suspects for lengthy intervals with out trial. In his defence, Mr Rajapaksa has mentioned that the state of emergency was wanted to guard public order and preserve important provides and companies.
“#GoHomeRajapaksas” and “#GotaGoHome” have been trending for days on Twitter and Facebook within the island nation, which is battling extreme shortages of necessities, sharp value rises and crippling energy cuts in its most painful downturn since independence from Britain in 1948.
The ongoing disaster – the results of financial mismanagement by successive governments – has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit tourism and remittances. It has additionally marked a pointy turnaround in political assist for Mr Rajapaksa, who swept to energy in 2019 promising stability.