The government of Sri Lanka is now in complete disarray after a massive mob of protestors stormed the capitol and presidential palace, leading many top officials to flee or resign.
As The New York Post reports:
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he will step down on July 13, according to a video statement released by Parliamentary Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, according to adaderana.lk, a Sri Lankan news service.
NOW – Protesters storm the presidential palace in Sri Lanka's capital.pic.twitter.com/Wv6oQ10kBQ
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) July 9, 2022
“The decision to step down on 13 July was taken to ensure a peaceful handover of power,” Abeywardena said. “I therefore request the public to respect the law and maintain peace,” he said.
The speaker also said that Rajapaksa, who holds American as well as Sri Lankan citizenship, and has ruled over the South Asian country since 2019, has agreed to implement decisions taken at a meeting of political party leaders Saturday evening.
Many conservatives on social media pointed out that many of the polices that caused the Sri Lankan economy to collapse were enacted as part of a radical environmentalist ideology:
It's Sri Lanka, so obviously it doesn't exactly lead the U.S. national news, but what is happening there due to truly mind-bogglingly bad "zero-carbon"/environmentalist leadership decisions is actually ripping the nation apart. There's no food or fuel now. It was…a bad idea. https://t.co/Ll9xdPlxVS
— Jeff B. is *BOX OFFICE POISON* (@EsotericCD) July 9, 2022
I finally got to the bottom of the Sri Lanka crisis.
This is where it started – their government took Greta seriously, implemented policies that halved agricultural production, and it spiraled from there. pic.twitter.com/5QfMX21h2l
— Matt Braynard (@MattBraynard) July 9, 2022