ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has invited all parties to form a national unity government after his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from office.
“President Rajapaksa told the last Cabinet meeting that the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet should resign,” a statement from his office said.
“Accordingly the Prime Minister and the cabinet have now resigned.
“To find solutions to the current socio-economic and political and problems, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invites all parties representing parliament to join in a national unity govt.”
“President asks all citizens to maintain peace.”
Violence erupted after loyalists of Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked the main anti government protest site in Colombo and police clamped a nation-wide curfew.
Violence broke out in several locations around the country, with an office and houses of several former ministers attacked. (Colombo/May09/2022)