Sri Lankan ruling party MP killed in clashes


Clashes erupted between Sri Lanka’s ruling party and anti-government protesters after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had resigned from his post on Monday.

More than 100 anti-government protesters were injured in Colombo. A ruling party MP was killed in the clashes, many were hospitalised.

MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire and critically wounded two in Nittambuwa. Later, he was found dead after trying to take refuge in a nearby building.

Amid the worst economic crisis the country has seen since independence, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post.

Sri Lanka’s health minister Prof Channa Jayasumana has also handed over his letter of resignation to the President.

This comes days after President Gotbaya Rajapaksa in a special meeting on Friday requested the Prime Minister to step down as a solution to the ongoing political crisis in the country.

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Sri Lanka has been plunged in weeks of economic crisis stemming from a foreign exchange shortage which has led to a shortage in essential supplies such as fuel, food and medicines.