Sri Lanka hopes to install new gov’t after day of chaos and rage

There is calm on the streets of Sri Lanka, a day after protesters stormed the president’s residence and set fire to the prime minister’s house, forcing both the leaders to announce their resignations over a worsening economic crisis in the country.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to quit on Wednesday, marking a dramatic end to the powerful clan’s hold over Sri Lankan politics for more than two decades.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who assumed the post only two months ago, also offered to resign to allow an all-party interim government to take over.

Rajapaksa, 73, has urged people to allow a peaceful transition of power, which he plans to supervise before quitting office.

A meeting of the leaders of the political parties is scheduled on Sunday, with opposition politicians claiming they have the parliamentary majority to form an interim government.

Following the resignations of the president and the prime minister, Parliament’s Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena is expected to take over as acting president as per Sri Lanka’s constitution.

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