The Sri Lankan people rose up in their hundreds and thousands to demand change, but instead they are given more of the same.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the President-elect, has served as Prime Minister six times and is a veteran of the swamps in Sri Lankan politics for 50 years. He is closely associated with the elites who have brought this country so much destruction.
He mocked the Rajapaksas’ claims that he was an old friend on the steps of a Buddhist monastery.
It’s not surprising that he has disowned them. The family of billionaires is to blame for the economic collapse in Sri Lanka.
He knows that he is a close ally of the people.
Although Gotbaya Rajapaksa might have been removed from office in Sri Lanka’s extraordinary people power revolt, the Rajapaksa family still holds considerable influence in parliament.
Sky News was told by protestors that they are certain the Rajapaksas’ influence and wealth helped to secure Wickremesinghe’s surprise victory after MPs voted for the replacement of the disgraced ex president.
Sky News was told by Wickremesinghe that he does not plan to call for fresh elections. The crisis in Sri Lanka will only get worse without them.
The chaos in Sri Lanka causes father’s heartbreak and he is unable to provide food for his family
The country is currently in economic decline and millions of people live in constant fear. They have to survive on the most basic necessities, such as fuel, food, and medicine.
It is still in crisis politically. The people have called for change, but the system is back to square 1.
These last weeks have witnessed a titanic battle between the masses, the parliament that is supposed to represent them, and instead many believe it is in hock for the rich elites.
While the elites may not support reforms that weaken power, mass discontent will continue if the system does not change.
Wickremesinghe declared a state emergency. Protestors fear he will use it to mobilize the military and end unrest.
He has the chance to prove them wrong, and bring about the economic and political reforms that this country desperately needs. It faces a darker future if it doesn’t.
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