Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abiwardana today asked embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to summon the House of Representatives as soon as possible to discuss the current situation amid unprecedented violence and widespread protests against the government over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, according to a media report. .
Sergeant-in-Arms, Naranda Fernando, told the Daily Mirror that there are provisions that allow the Speaker of Parliament to summon only the House of Representatives to discuss the current crisis only.
It was reported that the House of Representatives will dissolve tomorrow, Tuesday, or any day of this week.
The death toll rose to eight on Tuesday in the unprecedented violence in Sri Lanka that erupted after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked peaceful anti-government protesters demanding his ouster over the country’s worst economic crisis that has led to severe shortages of basic foodstuffs and fuel. and energy.
More than 200 people were injured in the violence in Colombo and other cities.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, 76, resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister yesterday amid unprecedented economic turmoil, hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy army forces in the capital.
The violence saw the homes of several politicians burned, including the Rajapaksas ancestral home in Hambantota.
Mahinda Rajapaksa is facing calls for his arrest from opposition politicians on charges of inciting violence against peaceful anti-government protesters.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency as of midnight Friday. This is the second time a state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka in just over a month as the island nation grapples with its worst economic crisis.
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