Ready to form a new government, announces Sri Lanka’s Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa

Sri Lanka

People queue up to visit President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office for the second day after it was stormed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, July 11, 2022. Sri Lanka is in a political vacuum for a second day Monday with opposition leaders yet to agree on who should replace its roundly rejected leaders, whose residences are occupied by protesters, angry over the country’s economic woes. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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Colombo: The Sri Lankan opposition, on Tuesday declared that it is ready to form a new government in the island nation. In a statement, Sajith Premadasa, the Leader of the Opposition stated that the mandate of the President, the Prime Minister, and the Pohottuwa (SLPP) government is over. He further alleged that the previous government ‘destroyed the beautiful island nation.
He further added that his party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya – is ready to rebuild the country. Premadasa further added that anyone in the parliament opposing the move will be treated as treason. He added that the opposition is ready to work towards stabilizing the country by rebuilding the country’s economy and by appointing a new government led by a new President and a Prime Minister.
Earlier today, the Sri Lankan immigration officials prevented former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa from flying out of the country as anger continued to mount against the political family over the economic crisis in the island nation.
Basil Rajapaksa‘s elder brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is slated to resign as the President on Wednesday, to make way for the new unity government in that country. He has not been seen in public since Friday and his whereabouts are unknown.
Sri Lanka‘s economy, which has been largely tourism-dependent, was hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The populist decisions by the Rajapaksa family, including by the former prime minister Mahinda Rajapksa, resulted in further worsening the economic condition of the country. The shortage of fuel and other essential commodities has triggered massive protests across the island nation pushing it on the brink of collapse. Some protestors even tried to set Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s private residence in Colombo on fire.
On July 20, the Sri Lankan Parliament is set to elect a new President.