The delay in the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is of concern in terms of the different things that could transpire during this period, senior researcher of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Attorney-at-Law Bhavani Fonseka said. She added it is unfortunate that Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe have dragged the resignation process using different excuses. “What happened over the last weeks raises a lot of questions on the confidence people have on the political elite and the demand of the people have been for a change in the political culture,” she added.
She said that what happened on 9 July, where many people descended with a clear demand that they wanted to see a change, speaks to very low levels of trust and confidence in the ruling elite. While noting that the demand of the public is clear with months long protests for the resignation of the President and the Premier, she said the country is now looking for a smooth political peaceful transition.
BY Faadhilla Thassim