Nasheed: Steady and experienced hand needed to steer Sri Lanka out of crisis

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed gestures as he speaks during a press conference. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed said Sunday Sri Lanka needed a steady and experienced hand to steer it out of its current political and economic crisis.

In a tweet on Sunday morning, Nasheed noted these were tumultuous times for neighboring Sri Lanka.

“These are tumultuous times for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka needs a steady and experienced hand to steer her out of this political and economic crisis,” he said.

Nasheed said he was confident that the Sri Lankan people will find the sensible way forward.

The former Maldivian leader had been taken up on his offer and appointed to coordinate foreign aid to Sri Lanka in May.

Protesters stand on a vandalised police water canon truck and shout slogans at the entrance to president's official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The economic meltdown in Sri Lanka has set off acute shortages of essential items, leaving people struggling to buy food, fuel and other necessities.

Saturday marked Sri Lanka’s most chaotic day in months of political turmoil, with thousands of protestors storming the residences of the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Both leaders have agreed to resign.