Acting President #RanilWickremesinghe was elected as Sri Lanka's new President by Parliament on July 20. The 73-year-old six-time former prime minister secured 134 votes in the 225-member House. His nearest rival and dissident ruling party leader Dullas Alahapperuma got 82 votes. The new President will have a mandate to serve out the rest of Rajapaksa's term, which ends in November 2024. Wickremesinghe, who is believed to be close to India and its leaders, has held many important posts during his political career spanning four and half decades.
Thousands of anti-government protesters stormed into Sri Lanka PM's office in Flower Road. Men and women breached military defences and entered the premier's office to raise national flags. Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency on July 13 as thousands of people mobbed the PM's office after the country's president flew to the Maldives following months of widespread protests against an economic crisis.
The anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka who took over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence have claimed to have recovered millions of rupees inside his mansion. A video is being shared on social media showing the protesters counting the currency notes. The recovered money was said to be handed over to the security units, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported.
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was escorted to safety shortly before protesters, angered by an unprecedented economic crisis, stormed and overran the compound of his official residence. Huge crowds had surrounded the leader's home to demand his resignation. As protesters surged at the gates of the President's Palace, troops guarding the compound fired in the air to hold back the tide until Rajapaksa was safely removed.
In a dramatic turn of events, #RanilWickremesinghe was appointed the 26th PM of #SriLanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 12. Wickremesinghe, 73, has been PM 5 times before but his United National Party now has just one MP in the 225-member parliament. #SriLankaCrisis