As pressure increases on the troubled government led by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa may offer to resign on today, Monday, 9th May.

Political sources say Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa may offer to resign as prime minister on Monday, as pressure is mounting on the struggling government led by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to establish an interim administration to address the country’s worst economic meltdown.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, 76, was assembling his followers to exert counter-pressure not to quit, despite tremendous pressure from inside his own Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) ranks to do so.

Since April 9, tens of thousands of people have flooded the streets across Sri Lanka because the government has run out of money to pay for crucial imports; prices of essential commodities have risen; and there are severe shortages of fuel, medicines, and electricity.

On Sunday in Anuradhapura, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Rajapaksa clan’s political leader, faced public rage. Angry citizens cursed and catcalled him on the streets, demanding fuel, cooking gas, and an end to power outages.

As the lines for gasoline and gas get longer, public demonstrations gain momentum. It’s also possible that the existing number of hours for power outages will be extended.

Protesters demand the whole Rajapaksa family to leave politics and repay the country’s allegedly stolen assets.

The influential Buddhist clergy had also pushed for the prime minister’s and Cabinet’s resignations to allow for an interim government.

President Rajapaksa ordered a state of emergency on Friday night during an extraordinary Cabinet meeting. This is the second time in less than a month that an emergency has been proclaimed.