On Wednesday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa refused to step down from his position. This news comes in amid the ongoing protests against the Sri Lankan government's failure to deal with the worst economic crisis since its independence in the country.
Although Gotabaya Rajapaksa has promised the people to appoint a new prime minister and youth cabinet this week. He also said that the news cabinet would not include any members of the Rajapaksa family. Security forces patrolled across the country in armored vehicles to deal with the situation and ensure security.
On the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and its suburbs, the army has also been deployed. The security forces have orders to shoot at sight those who loot or damage public property. President met former Prime Minister of the country Ranil Wickremesinghe and addressed the nation late night at after the meeting. Gotabaya said that after the appointment of a new prime minister and government, a constitutional amendment would be brought to give shape to the 19th amendment to the constitution. This amendment will give more powers to the parliament.
The President said that he is in touch with the political parties to prevent the country from going into a state of anarchy. He promised that he would give an opportunity to the new Prime Minister and the government to launch new programs to take the country forward. The new government will have a majority in the 225-member parliament.
Sri Lanka has no government after President's elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister on Monday. Terming the violence as unfortunate, the President said that he has directed the police and the three services to take strict action against the perpetrators of violence.
Sri Lanka's central bank governor Nandalal Veerasingh has also threatened to resign if the country's leaders failed to bring about political stability in the country. He said that without political stability, it does not matter who is the governor of the central bank.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne clarified that there will never be military rule in Sri Lanka.