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Sri Lanka Crisis: Protest breaks out outside new MP’s house

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Protests erupted outside Dhammika Perera’s residence on Sunday after he was sworn in as a national list MP (Member of Parliament), demanding accountability for his casino company.

Protesters screamed, “Go Home Dhammika” and demanded accountability for his gambling enterprises, according to the Daily Mirror. They also demanded that he come outside to answer their questions. During the rally, riot police and the army were stationed outside Perera’s home.

It’s worth noting that Perra took over for previous minister Basil Rajapaksa when he stepped down.

Basil Rajapaksa, a member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National List, resigned from his Parliamentary position on Thursday.

On Sunday, after Dhammika Perera was sworn in as a national list MP (Member of Parliament), protests erupted outside his home, demanding accountability for his casino enterprise.

It’s worth remembering that when previous minister Basil Rajapaksa resigned, Perra took control.

On Thursday, Basil Rajapaksa, a member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National List, resigned from Parliament.

Last week, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lobbied for the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, claiming that it will limit the president’s unrestricted powers while strengthening Parliament’s role in governing the debt-ridden country, which is also experiencing unprecedented political turmoil.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister wishes to restore parliament to power with the 21st amendment but insists that the date and technique must be set by the party leaders at all costs.

After repealing the 19th Amendment, the 21st Amendment is expected to nullify the 20A, which gave President Gotabaya Rajapaksa unrestricted powers.

Sri Lanka is experiencing its greatest economic crisis since its independence in 1948. Some sections of Sri Lanka are experiencing rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages. The foreign debt of Sri Lanka is estimated to be about USD 51 billion. Some sections of Sri Lanka are experiencing rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages. The foreign debt of Sri Lanka is estimated to be about USD 51 billion.

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