Millions found at Rajapaksa’s home: According to a media report on Sunday, anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka ransacked the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, claiming to have recovered lakhs of rupees inside his mansion.
A video is being shared on social media in which protesters are shown counting the recovered notes. The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that the recovered money was handed over to security units.
As per the daily’s report, the officials have informed that they will take steps to announce the ground situation after checking the relevant facts.
Hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed Rajapaksa’s residence in the high-security Fort area of central Colombo on Saturday as they demanded his resignation over the island nation’s worst economic crisis in recent memory. Another group of protesters barged into Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence and set it on fire.
No one knows where the President is. His only communication since protesters stormed the city was with parliament speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeverdana, who announced late Saturday that the president would resign on Wednesday.
President Rajapaksa informed the Speaker about the decision to resign after Abhaywardene wrote to the leaders seeking their resignations after an all-party meeting on Saturday evening.
In the absence of both the President and the Prime Minister, the Chairman shall be the Acting President. Afterwards, an election must be held among the MPs to elect a new President. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has also offered to resign.
In May, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had to step down due to massive anti-government protests.
The Rajapaksa brothers, Mahinda and Gotabaya, were hailed by many in Sri Lanka as heroes for winning the civil war against the LTTE, but are now blamed for the country’s worst economic crisis.
Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is in the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil, the worst in seven decades, crippled by an acute shortage of foreign exchange that has left it unable to pay for essential imports of fuel and other essential commodities gave up fighting. ,
The country, with an acute foreign exchange crisis that resulted in external debt defaults, announced in April that it would suspend foreign debt repayments of about USD 7 billion for the year, out of about USD 25 billion due by 2026 doing. Millions found at Rajapaksa’s home