Sri Lanka has a new President
Guest: Sanusha Naidu - foreign policy analyst at the Institute For Global Dialogue
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country in the early hours of Wednesday the 13th of July - this is described as a humiliating exit for a man whose family had been in power for nearly two decades.
Days before that, hundreds of protesters had stormed his official residence, demanding that he resign over Sri Lanka's economic crisis, which has seen no respite in months. The country is still out of cash, daily power cuts are routine, and supplies of fuel, food and other essentials like medicines are close to running out.
On Wednesday, the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was officially sworn in as the country's President and issued a "Gazette Extraordinary" calling on the armed forces to maintain public order.
Today, the new President (Wickremesinghe) swore in Dinesh Gunawardena, another Rajapaksa ally, as prime minister.
There have also been reports about Sri Lanka's police and military troops forcibly removing anti-government protesters who are camped outside the presidential office in Colombo in a pre-dawn raid, on the order of the new President.