Protesters burn down Sri Lankan President’s house

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there is no point in demanding that he “goes home” as he has no home to go to while referring to the threats received from the protestors. Speaking in Kandy, a city in Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe said that some people have threatened to stage protests, demanding that he goes home, Colombo Gazette reported.

In response, Wickremesinghe said, “I am appealing to you not to do that as I have no home to go to.” Wickremesinghe said that demanding him to go home is just a waste of time instead the protesters should try to rebuild his burnt house.

“No point telling a man who has no home, to go home,” he said, adding that after his house is rebuilt then the protesters can demand that he goes home.

The President said that the protesters must either rebuild the country or rebuild his house, Colombo Gazette reported.

He highlighted that the unrest had delayed a possible deal with the International Monetary Fund to help pull the bankrupt nation out of its economic crisis and urged political parties must work together on finding permanent solutions to the issues faced by Sri Lanka.

He further said that there is no point in blaming former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the economic crisis but rather urged all political parties to come together to take the country out of the economic mess and repay the debt.

Wickremesinghe noted that the protests had delayed a possible deal with the IMF which was progressing after he assumed duties as Prime Minister.

“The negotiations stalled due to instability in the island nation over the past few weeks as agitators stormed the nation amid extreme fuel and food shortages,” he said.

Notably, on July 9, Sri Lankan protesters broke into then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence and set it on fire, angered by the unprecedented economic crisis.


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