‘Have no house left’: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe after protesters set his house on fire


The economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka is reaching new levels of turmoil and the country’s financial situation is showing no significant improvement. Sri Lanka’s newly appointed president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is also under constant threat from protesters in the midst of the crisis.

Referring to the agitations being waged against him, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday that there is no point in demanding that he “go home” as he has no home to go to, while referring to the threats received from the protesters.

According to a recent statement by the Sri Lankan president, many protesters have threatened him and demanded that he “go back home”, according to local news reports. In response to the agitation against him, Wickremesinghe said, “I appeal to you not to do that, as I have no home to go to.”

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He went on to say that it is only a waste of time to demand that he go home, instead the protesters should try to rebuild his burned house. “There’s no point in telling a man who doesn’t have a home to go home,” he said, adding that after his house is rebuilt, the protesters can demand that he go home.

According to the Colombo Gazette, President Wickremesinghe demanded that the protesters either rebuild the country or rebuild his house. He went on to say that due to the violent protests, many financial transactions in the country have been slowed down.

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The president said the unrest in Sri Lanka has delayed a possible deal with the International Monetary Fund to help the bankrupt country out of its economic crisis and urged political parties to work together to find permanent solutions to the problems facing the country.

“Negotiations have stalled in recent weeks due to instability on the island, as agitators stormed the country amid extreme fuel and food shortages,” he said, according to ANI reports.

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Angered by the political and economic crisis in the country, Sri Lankan protesters broke into and set fire to the private residence of then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, with shocking images of the protests released by the media.

(with ANI inputs)

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