Sri Lanka opposition hopes to install new government amid political turmoil
Sri Lanka's opposition political parties will meet Sunday to agree on a new government a day
after the country's president and prime minister offered to resign in the country's most chaotic day in months of political turmoil,
with protesters storming both officials' homes and setting fire to one of the buildings in a rage over the nation's economic crisis.
Protesters who stormed the president's official residence
his office and the prime minister's official residence on Saturday spent the night there, saying they will stay until the leaders officially resign.
Opposition lawmaker MA Sumanthiran said all opposition parties combined could easily muster the 113 members needed to show a majority in Parliament,
whereupon they will request President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to install the new government and then resign.
He said the parties hoped to reach consensus Sunday.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he will leave office once a new government is in place, and hours later the speaker of Parliament said Rajapaksa would step down Wednesday.
Pressure on both men had grown as the economic meltdown set off acute shortages of essential items, leaving people struggling to obtain food, fuel and other necessities.