Following a protest-invaded invasion of the president’s official home in Colombo on Saturday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared in a statement that he is ready to step down to make room for an all-party administration.
The mass of screaming protestors calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation was too large for soldiers and police to contain as public outrage over the nation’s worst economic crisis in seven decades intensifies.
Additionally, protesters broke past thick metal gates to enter the Finance Ministry and the president’s buildings on the waterfront.
Before the anticipated weekend protest, Rajapaksa evacuated the official house on Friday, according to two sources in the defense ministry. The president’s whereabouts could not be immediately confirmed by Reuters.
To decide what actions to take in response to the turmoil, Wickremesinghe met with the leaders of several political parties.
Wickremesinghe has informed the party leaders that he is ready to step down as prime minister to allow an all-party government to assume office, according to a statement from his office.
According to a government source who spoke to Reuters, Wickremesinghe had also been relocated to a guarded area. Several opposition party leaders have also demanded Rajapaksa’s resignation.