“The protest movement was directed against him too. I am afraid his election as President of Sri Lanka will not end the protests nor usher in unity and peace. I am worried that the turbulence in Sri Lanka may continue and the economic crisis worsens,” he said in a tweet.
They did not have trust in Gotabaya as they believed that it was his bad economic decisions that had landed the country into a mess. Under pressure from the people, Gotabaya got his brother and then PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign and appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the next Prime Minister.
Ranil took over as PM on May 12 but there was no sign that the situation was improving. This led to a fresh round of protest on the streets of Colombo, and this time, the protesters stormed the Presidential palace and set Ranil’s residence on fire. The angry protesters said they wanted both the leaders gone.
While Gotabaya fled the country, Ranil stayed on and became the interim President. On Tuesday, he was elected the President by the Parliament. As people have been demanding the resignation of Ranil, there are chances that protesters may hit the streets again and Chidambaram too has this fear.