On Wednsday, July 13 at 19:30GMT:
Turmoil in Sri Lanka continues, because the deadline for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down approaches, and protesters proceed to occupy Sri Lanka’s presidential palace. They’ve threatened an island-wide strike by Thursday if each leaders haven’t resigned by that time. Sri Lanka‘s parliament introduced it should maintain a vote on July 20 to elect a brand new president.
That is the subsequent chapter in Sri Lanka’s plunge in direction of political and financial chaos. Sri Lankans have blamed Rajapaksa for the collapse of the tourism-dependent financial system which was decimated by COVID. Authorities funds have been crippled by mounting debt and lavish tax breaks given by the federal government. Overseas trade reserves are depleted, leaving Sri Lanka unable to import gas, forcing rations and lengthy strains; inflation has hit greater than 50 % already.
We’ll take a look at the most recent particulars of the disaster and ask what it should take to convey stability again to Sri Lanka.
Eight candidates have now launched campaigns to interchange just lately resigned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They’re contesting management of the ruling Conservative Get together, with the winner then changing into prime minister. Johnson’s successor is because of be named September 5.
It has been a number of months of chaos and upheaval for the Conservative Get together, final week culminating within the resignation of greater than fifty ministers who stop their authorities posts denouncing Johnson’s character, integrity and lack of ability to inform the reality.
That is towards the backdrop of a worsening British financial system dealing with rocketing inflation, low financial development and an vitality crunch exacerbated by the battle in Ukraine. We’ll check out the most recent information and ask what the way forward for British politics seems to be like now.
Egyptian dissident Alaa Abd el-Fattah has been out and in of jail for twenty years. He’s at present serving a five-year jail sentence, handed down in December for “broadcasting false information”, a typical accusation leveled towards dissidents in Egypt. Rights teams say the federal government is holding about 60,000 political prisoners, many dealing with poor circumstances and overcrowded cells.
This week, Alaa Abd el-Fattah marked 100 days on hunger strike, taking in “100 energy a day within the type of a spoon of honey and a drop of milk in tea.” The Egyptian Inside Ministry disputes he’s on starvation strike.
We’ll focus on the case of Alaa Abd el-Fattah.
On this episode of The Stream, we converse with:
Correspondent, Al Jazeera English
Kevin Craig, @KevinCraigUK
Political communications specialist
CEO and founder, PLMR Communications