Sri Lanka’s Opposition Parties Reportedly Agree to Form Unity Government

© AFP 2023 / -Protestors participate in an anti-government demonstration outside the President's office in Colombo on July 9, 2022.
Protestors participate in an anti-government demonstration outside the President's office in Colombo on July 9, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.07.2022
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Opposition parties in Sri Lanka have agreed to form an interim government of unity after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns, the Deccan Herald newspaper reports.
Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo, was rocked by major protests on Saturday. President Rajapaksa was evacuated and is expected to resign on July 13. Opposition parties held talks on Sunday to discuss ways of getting Sri Lanka out of the grave political crisis.

"We agreed in principle to form a government of unity with all parties participation for an interim period," Wimal Weerawansa of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party's breakaway group said on Sunday, as quoted by Deccan Herald. "This will be a government where all parties are represented."

In his turn, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, another leader of the breakaway group, said that opposition parties need not wait for Rajapaksa's resignation on July 13.
Screenshot of a video showing protesters taking over the residence of Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.07.2022
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According to Deccan Herald, party leaders will meet on Monday, July 11, to discuss the convening of the House for the transition of power for a new government, aiming for an interim government of all parties that will function until parliamentary elections.
Parliamentary Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana has already informed Rajapaksa of the decisions made at the Saturday emergency meeting of the party leaders, which was convened in response to the mass protests in Colombo. The letter called for the immediate resignation of President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and provided for convening the parliament within 7 days to appoint an acting president.
Speaker Abeywardana is expected to become the acting president, since both the president and prime minister are resigning.
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