The Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday denied reports that Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post.
In the capital Colombo, heavily armed security forces blocked a march led by opposition leader Sajith Premadasa.
Gotabaya had on Friday declared a public emergency. This was followed by an order imposing the curfew, an apparent bid to foil Sunday’s protest march. Access to major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter was also restricted following the curfew order. Subsequently, the restrictions were removed.
Sri Lanka is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis in history. With long lines for fuel, cooking gas, essentials in short supply and long hours of power cuts, the public has been suffering for weeks.
A severe shortage of foreign currency has left the government unable to pay for essential imports, including fuel, leading to debilitating power cuts lasting up to 13 hours.