Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe On House Burnt Down By Protesters

'No home to go to': Lanka president burned down by protesters

Wickremesinghe said it’s just a waste of time to demand that he go home.

Colombo:

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday that there is no point in demanding that he “go home” as he has no home to go to, citing threats received from the protesters.

Speaking in Kandy, a city in Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe said some people have threatened protests and demand that he go home, Colombo Gazette reported.

In response, Wickremesinghe said, “I appeal to you not to, as I have no home to go to.”

Wickremesinghe said it is just a waste of time to demand that he go home, instead the protesters should try to rebuild his burned house.

“There’s no point in telling a man who doesn’t have a home to go home,” he said, adding that after his house is rebuilt, the protesters can demand that he go home.

The president said the protesters should either rebuild the country or rebuild his home, Colombo Gazette reported.

He stressed that the unrest had delayed a possible deal with the International Monetary Fund to help the bankrupt country out of its economic crisis and urged political parties to work together to find permanent solutions to the problems facing Sri Lanka. is confronted.

He went on to say that there is no point in blaming former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the economic crisis, but rather urged all political parties to come together to get the country out of the economic shambles and get the debt back. Pay.

Wickremesinghe noted that the protests had delayed a possible deal with the IMF, which progressed after he accepted his duties as prime minister.

“Negotiations have stalled in recent weeks due to instability on the island, as agitators stormed the country amid extreme fuel and food shortages,” he said.

The president reiterated that other countries are not willing to provide financial support to the island nation until an agreement is reached with the IMF. Sri Lanka must find ways to repay its loans as the IMF will not fully solve the problems facing the country.

Notably, on July 9, Sri Lankan protesters broke into the private residence of then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire, enraged by the unprecedented economic crisis.

Just hours ago, requesting the resignation of then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, they stormed into the grounds, tore down police-placed security barriers, took a dip in the pool and romped through his kitchen and home.

Several journalists were also attacked by the security forces, after which more protesters gathered in the area, the Daily Mirror reported.

Earlier, the police fired tear gas at the protesters, but they nevertheless forced their way into his house and set the house on fire.

Following this, Wickremesinghe, who was appointed prime minister in May, announced his resignation from office to ensure the survival of the government and the safety of all citizens.

On July 21, following the resignation of then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe was sworn in as President of Sri Lanka in Parliament before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya. He was elected president in a parliamentary election on July 20.

In particular, Sri Lanka is suffering from its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, which comes on the heels of successive waves of COVID-19, which threatens to undo years of development progress and undermine the country’s ability to meet the sustainable development goals ( SDGs) seriously undermines achievement).

The protests came after the deteriorating economic situation in the country led to mounting tensions and reports of several clashes between individuals and members of the police and armed forces at gas stations where thousands of desperate members of the public queued for hours and sometimes days amid the fuel shortage.

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