Sri Lankans send dollars abroad to troubled country after Rajapaksa’s escape

The Sri Lankan expatriate has started sending dollars to the island nation after Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whom he blamed for the economic crisis, left the country and fled.

as #Sri LankaDollarChallenge According to local media reports trending on Twitter, the Lankan Central Bank has requested all expatriates to send dollars using only legal official banking channels.

Over the past 24 hours, several netizens have tweeted pictures of deposit slips, urging others to send dollars to the island nation.

One user said, “As promised, we will continue to do our best for the motherland.”

Another user wrote, “Let’s build the country together #srilankadollarchallenge”

Udani Dissanayake, a law student, wrote, “It’s a new beginning! #srilankadollarchallenge.”

After this the call for “reconstruction of the country” gained momentum. Gotabaya Rajapaksa sent his resignation to the Speaker via email, Making it official.

He has handed over governance of the troubled nation to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting president, who will oversee official work until a new president is elected by parliament.

Anti-government protesters have announced that they will vacate some administrative buildings, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister’s Office, which they have been occupying since April 9, demanding Rajapaksa’s removal.

Meanwhile, caretaker President Wickremesinghe has already asked the Speaker to ask party leaders to unanimously name a new prime minister.

Parliament will now elect a new Speaker from amongst its members within 30 days, who will hold office for the remaining two years of the current term.

Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is under it in the grip of unprecedented economic turmoilThe worst in seven decades, leaving millions struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other essentials.

Earlier, PM Wickremesinghe had declared that the country, with an acute foreign exchange crisis that resulted in a foreign loan default, is now a bankrupt nation.

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