The Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament requested on Tuesday that embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa call a special session of the House this week to discuss the current situation, which includes unprecedented violence and widespread protests against the government over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeyawardene said he had communicated his wish to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by phone.
According to parliamentary sources, the President will be compelled to reconvene Parliament before the scheduled date of May 17 because there is now no Prime Minister or Cabinet.
Sri Lanka Speaker of House requests Parliament in crisis
On Monday, 76-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka amid unprecedented economic upheaval, hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protestors, causing authorities to impose a statewide curfew and deploy Army forces in the city.
Opposition MPs are calling for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s arrest for instigating violence against nonviolent anti-government protestors, which resulted in at least eight deaths, over 200 injuries, and arson attacks on the homes of many politicians.
According to presidential sources. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would meet with leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament. In order to form a cabinet. Speaker Abeyawardene further stated that. He has convened a meeting of party leaders to address the House’s business prior to its resumption.
Sri Lanka witnesses political instability
Police Chief Chandana Wickremaratne said he has instructed the crime division. To look into the pro-Rajapaksa gang’s attack on peaceful protestors on Monday. According to a statement, a thorough investigation will be performed to apprehend all those responsible for the crime.
In addition, the Attorney General has written to the police chief, requesting an investigation.
Meanwhile, Mahinda Rajapaksa left his Temple Trees home early this morning despite a mob attempting to enter. Police used tear gas throughout the night to keep rioters away of Temple Trees.
A mob has gathered outside the Naval Headquarters in Trincomalee, demanding that Mahinda Rajapaksa be removed from the building. His whereabouts were unknown, according to SLPP sources.
A group of lawyers has filed a complaint with the police headquarters. Moreover, requesting that Mahinda Rajapaksa and his associates be arrested for allegedly inciting violence against peaceful anti-government protesters on Monday.
With effect from Friday midnight, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced a state of emergency. This is the second time in less than a month that an emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka, which is experiencing its worst economic crisis in decades.