Wickremesinghe said that I want to build a close relationship with India. Pointing to India’s billions of dollars’ help, Wickremesinghe said that I want to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has pledged more than $3 billion in loans, lines of credit and credit swaps to help debt-ridden Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe has become the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the 6th time. However, he has not been able to complete his term even once.
Wickremesinghe appointed as the new Prime Minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
It is being told that even after being in the opposition being close to the Rajapaksa family, Wickremesinghe has been made the new Prime Minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Not only this, given the unstable and violent political situation in Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe will try to ensure that the Rajapaksa family gets out of this crisis safely. Meanwhile, a Sri Lankan court on Thursday banned former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 14 others, including his son, lawmakers and senior police officials, from leaving the country. Colombo magistrate court issued travel ban on Mahinda Rajapakse, his son MP Namal, and 14 others.
These people had violently attacked peaceful protesters outside the Prime Minister’s official residence and in front of his presidential office. Attorney General Sanjay Rajrantam had informed the courts to impose sanctions on the former PM and others. The Attorney General has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the violent attacks on peaceful protesters.
Protesters stand to demand Rajapaksa step down
Rajapaksa’s supporters, armed with sticks and iron bars, attacked the protesters. The protesters had been camping for more than a month demanding Rajapaksa to step down in the midst of a severe economic crisis. Others against whom the travel ban has been imposed include former ministers Pavitra Vanniarachi, Kanchana Jayaratne, Rohita Abegunawardene, Sanath Nishant, other MPs and senior DIG Deshbandhu Thenakoon.