Sri Lanka Opposition Bands Together to Ask President to Step Down Amid Mass Protests

The divided opposition in Sri Lanka came together on Sunday to demand that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa quit over the country’s worst-ever economic crisis.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the biggest opposition party, staged a large rally in Colombo’s Independence Square in time for the May Day observation in the country.

The images of the protest rally were shared on SJB’s Twitter account where it showed people gathering at Campbell Park before marching to the Independence Square.

Outside a Colombo railway station, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the country’s major communist party, held its own rally and demanded that Rajapaksa steps down.

Those who attended their rally wore red shirts during the protest with images shared on JVP’s website. 

According to a report from Sri Lanka’s news outlet Daily News, opposition leader Sajith Premadasa stated that they will present a no-confidence resolution against the government in parliament and the impeachment against President Rajapaksa on May 4.

MP Hesha Withanage claimed that the no-confidence resolution would be officially handed over to the Speaker of Parliament on that Wednesday.

Rajapaksa repeated his plea for all political parties to reach an agreement and a common objective to help the people overcome their current economic troubles.

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