Pressure mounts on Sri Lankan PM to resign

ISLAMABAD, April 24 ( Alliance News): The Sri Lankan prime minister is under increasing pressure to resign, as a cabinet minister and other senior members of the party have backed street protests, demanding his resignation over the growing economic crisis.

According to foreign media, Information Minister Nalaka Godahiva announced outside the office of President Gotabaya Raja Paxa that he would support thousands of people demanding that he and other members of his powerful family step down. Are

Sri Lanka is suffering from its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, with months of prolonged blackouts and severe shortages of food, fuel and other essentials.

The crisis has sparked protests across the country, with angry protesters camping outside Gotabaya Raja Pakse’s office for more than three weeks.

Under pressure, the Sri Lankan president expelled his two brothers, Chamal and Basel, and nephew Namal from the cabinet this month, but protesters rejected the changes as a sham.

Godahiva (formerly loyal to Gotabaya Raja Pakse) said the president should remove his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and allow an all-party interim government to take power.

He said the government had lost its credibility after a policeman was killed in the protest, adding that he had offered to resign but was not accepted by President Gotabaya Raja Pakse.

“We need to restore political stability to successfully cope with the economic crisis,” Godahiva said in a statement on his Facebook page.

He said that the entire cabinet including the Prime Minister should resign and there should be an interim cabinet which could win the trust of all.

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