Last Updated: July 12, 2022, 14:31 IST
Amid the unfolding Sri Lanka crisis, Sri Lanka’s embattled president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was stuck in his own country on Tuesday in a humiliating standoff with airport immigration staff blocking his exit to safety abroad, official sources said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Basil RajapaksaSri Lanka’s former finance minister and younger brother of Rajapaksa, was turned back at Colombo airport on Tuesday as he attempted to leave the country through the VIP terminal, an immigration officer said, amid mounting anger against the powerful family for mishandling the worst economic crisis .
Basil, 71, tried to leave the crisis-hit island nation, a day before Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena is expected to publicly announce President Rajapaksa’s resignation to the nation.
The question on everybody’s mind is what next for Sri Lanka. These dates may hold the answer:
July 13: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is likely to be sworn in as the temporary President. According to the Sri Lankan Constitution, the Prime Minister automatically becomes the President after the sitting President resigns. Wickremesinghe is accused of aiding and abetting the corrupt Rajapaksas every time.
Chinese debt trap diplomacy responsible for Sri Lanka crisis?
Policy Expert Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, University of Jaffna’s Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar, and Journalist Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) share their views
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