Sri Lanka’s 20th Presidential Election: The economic crisis in Sri Lanka is on fire (Sri Lanka economic crisis). The country is burning with mass protests. The President’s residence was destroyed. The entire building is still in the hands of protesters. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s parliament will elect a new president on July 20. This was stated by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abevardena on Monday. Parliament will reconvene on Friday and vote for a new president five days later, Abewardena said in a statement.
Sri Lanka’s 20th Presidential Election
The statement added, “A meeting of party leaders held today agreed that it is essential to ensure a new all-party government in accordance with the constitution. The ruling party has said the prime minister and cabinet are ready to resign to appoint an all-party government.”
Sri Lanka is in the grip of economic instability, the worst in seven decades. Over the weekend, thousands of protesters in the capital Colombo stormed the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and set fire to the private residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He was forced to flee and later announced his resignation. After the two leaders resigned on Sunday, the opposition decided to form an all-party interim government.
Sri Lanka’s main opposition leader Jana Balawegaya (SJB) on Monday unanimously decided to nominate Sajith Premadasa for the post of interim president, ANI reported. On the other hand, SJB said that party secretary Ranjit Maduma Bandara had submitted the proposal and party chairman Field Marshal Sharath Fonseka had supported it in the parliamentary group held this afternoon. The SJB has about 50 MPs in Parliament and needs the support of 113 MPs to win the parliamentary vote.
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