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Amidst ruckus in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Wickremesinghe ready to resign

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Colombo: Amidst ruckus in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told party leaders that he is ready to resign as prime minister and make way for an all-party government. He said that he agreed with this recommendation of the leaders of the opposition party to ensure the safety of the citizens.

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The economic crisis in Sri Lanka is deepening. Meanwhile, people troubled by inflation demonstrated vigorously today. The protesters entered even inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to the information received, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the residence. It is being told that the protesters have occupied the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Thousands of demonstrators battling economic crisis broke police barricades and entered the President’s official residence in Colombo today.

Sources quoted defense sources as saying that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled as protesters surrounded the residence. Anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka have entered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s house. At least 30 to 40 people have been injured in the clash between police-security personnel and protesters.

Several military personnel have also joined civilians as they demand the resignation of President Rajapaksa. According to media reports, the police used tear gas to prevent the protesters from entering the presidential residence on Saturday morning and fired water cannons and also fired at them. However, the protesters broke through the barricades and entered the presidential residence. President Gotabaya had vacated the premises even before the protests began in Colombo.

16 MPs from Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have requested the President to resign immediately. Rajapaksa has been under increasing pressure to resign since March. He has been using the presidential residence as his residence and office since protesters occupied the entrance to his office in April.

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Let us tell you that the condition of Sri Lanka, which is facing economic crisis, is getting worse. Common people are suffering from inflation. People are struggling with oil and electricity crisis. This is the reason why the protesters are protesting against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and demanding his resignation.

Protesters in Sri Lanka, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, broke into the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday by removing barricades. Meanwhile, at least 30 people, including two police officers, were injured during the protests and have been admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo.

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