Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka has on Monday tendered his resignation amid national protest over the economic crisis in the country.
An official within the government confirmed the news saying that the Prime Minister has indeed tendered his resignation with the news set to be made official.
The news comes hours after a protest involving those supporting the ruling party and those against the government forcing the police to lobby teargas in the air to disperse them.
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The clashes saw the death of one Amarakeerthi Athukorala, a Member of Parliament from the ruling party in Colombo even though details into his death remain unknown. Tension still remain high in the country as five people have been taken to the hospital after sustaining injuries.
Sri Lankan first took to the streets in what was a peaceful demonstration demanding the resignation of their Prime Minister and immediate action by the government on the ongoing economic crisis in the country.
About 22 million citizens are reported to be suffering with power cuts, inadequate fuel, cooking oil, medicine among other essential commodities.
A letter from the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as reported by Reuters confirmed that he was stepping down so as to pave way for a unity government.
“Multiple stakeholders have indicated the best solution to the present crisis is the formation of an interim all-party government,”
“Therefore, I have tendered my resignation so the next steps can be taken in accordance with the Constitution.” Said the Prime Minister
The government spokesperson Nalaka Godahewa also confirmed the resignation of all Cabinet members with immediate effect as the President plans to meet the opposition camp in readiness for a unity government.