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Sri Lankan president forced out of parliament amid boos


Gotabaya Rajapaksa then gets up and leaves the house, video shows.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa quit parliament on Tuesday after opposition members booed him amid a deepening economic crisis in the country.

Harsha de Silva, MP, shared a video clip on Twitter which shows parliamentarians holding signs and chanting “Gota Go Home”.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa then speaks to his assistants, gets up and leaves the house, shows the video.

“Ouch! This is how #SriLanka President @GotabayaR arrived at @ParliamentLK a few minutes ago: #GotaGoHome2022. Unplanned and never happened in history. He had to get up and leave,” Harsha de Silva captioned the video.

The island nation endured months of runaway inflation and long power cuts after the government ran out of foreign currency to import vital goods. The country has shut down non-essential public services in a bid to save fuel.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament today that the country is now bankrupt and the economic crisis will persist at least until the end of next year.

He said Sri Lanka’s ongoing bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund depended on finalizing a debt restructuring plan with creditors by August.

“We are now entering the negotiations as a bankrupt country,” Wickremesinghe said.

The IMF said last week that more work was needed to fix the country’s finances and repair its runaway budget deficit before an agreement could be reached on a financing deal to deal with its balance of payments crisis.



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