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What’s next for Sri Lanka? | In Focus podcast

Amal Jayasinghe speaks to us on the resignation of the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, and who will take over the government following the recent historic protests in the country.

July 12, 2022 05:13 pm | Updated July 18, 2022 04:59 pm IST

On July 9, the people of Sri Lanka took democracy into their own hands and ensured the departure of the last of the Rajapaksa brothers – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who had to flee his Colombo residence as tens of thousands of people gathered outside. The private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was torched. Both leaders have now promised to resign formally.

But the question remains – are Sri Lanka’s political parties and political leaders up to the task of steering the country out of its economic crisis that has crippled the lives of ordinary people?

Guest: Amal Jayasinghe, veteran Colombo-based journalist and Bureau Chief of the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Host: Amit Baruah, Senior Associate Editor and former Sri Lanka correspondent of The Hindu.

Edited by Sharmada Venkatasubramanian

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