In Sri Lanka, United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will take oath as the Prime Minister this evening. According to local media, Mr Wickremesinghe, who held closed-door discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last evening, will take oath as the new Prime Minister following the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday. The news comes at the heels of the Opposition being divided over a name for the post of Prime Minister.
On other hand, the No Confidence Motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be taken up for debate on 17th of May. The Speaker’s Office said, the motion will be taken up for debate after obtaining a special approval at the Parliament sitting on 17th of May. The decision was taken at the party leaders’ meeting yesterday.
Meanwhile, peaceful demonstrations are going on in the island country protesting against the crippling economic crisis. Thousands of demonstrators have hit the streets across Sri Lanka since 9th of April, as the government ran out of money for vital imports; prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed and there are acute shortages in fuel, medicines and electricity supply