UN urges Sri Lankan authorities to ensure a peaceful transition of power

Protesters storm Sri Lanka’s prime minister’s office to demand the resignation of Ranil Wickremesinghe, the country’s prime minister and acting president following the flight of Gotabaya Rajapaksa – Pradeep Dambarage/ZUMA Press Wir / DPA

UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer Hamdy, has urged «all stakeholders» in the country to ensure a peaceful transition of power «in full respect» of the Constitution.

«United Nations Sri Lanka urges all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful transition of power with full respect for the Constitution. It is important that the root causes of the current instability and grievances of the population are addressed,» Singer Hamdy said in a statement.

The UN has maintained that it is «imperative» that the transition of power be accompanied by a «broad and inclusive consultation» within and outside Parliament, and that the root causes of the country’s instability be addressed.

«Dialogue with all stakeholders is the best way to address the concerns and fulfill the aspirations of all Sri Lankans,» the UN submission continued.

On the other hand, the agency called on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that law and order is maintained, while stressing the importance of the security forces exercising restraint and acting in «strict compliance with human rights principles and standards».

«The United Nations stands ready to provide support to the Government and people of Sri Lanka to address both immediate and long-term needs,» said the UN Resident Coordinator in the Asian country.

This statement comes after the country’s Parliament confirmed the resignation of the country’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who has given in after several months of protests over rising prices, lack of food, medicine and fuel, which has put the small Asian island in front of its worst economic crisis since it gained independence from the British colonial yoke.

In his place, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in Friday as interim president. During his inauguration, Wickremesinghe has assured during the last days that he will resign once an inclusive government is formed after Rajapaksa’s resignation.

The popular revolution in Sri Lanka has thus forced the definitive fall of the Rajapaksa family, after Gotabaya forced his brother Mahinda to step down as prime minister at the beginning of May in a superfluous attempt to quell the protests.

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