Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister expresses solidarity with demonstrators calling for President Rajapaksa's resignation.

Sri Lankas new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public help to demonstrators . Protesters have been camping on a popular beachfront for more than a month .

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: In an unusual move, Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public help to the demonstrators who have been camping on a popular beachfront here for more than a month, demanding that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resign for mishandling the country's most difficult economic crisis.On Saturday, the prime minister announced that he had constituted a commission to look after the interests of the Gota Go Home village demonstrators who have been camping at Colombos Galle Face Green since April 9.Wickremesinghe, who was appointed prime minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after urging his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, said the young protesters in the village will be respected and their opinions will be sought for future policy formulation.The prime minister said in an interview with the BBC Sinhala Service that the Gota Go Gama protest should be continued to initiate a reform in the country's political structure and empower the country's youth to lead.

The assault exposed widespread brutality against Rajapaksa loyalists, killing nine people and injuring over 200 others.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP), a party controlled by Rajapaksa, has extended its support to Wickremesinghe, and almost all of the 225-member Parliament has said that even though they would not be affiliated with the Wickremesinghes government, they would support him in his efforts to pull Sri Lanka out of the current economic crisis.On Sunday, two more ministers will be elected to the interim Cabinet, according to official reports.On Saturday, Rajapaksa appointed four of them.

Even with the existence of a curfew, the attendance at the government parliamentary group meeting on Saturday was low, as parliamentarians still fear for their lives.The Inspector General of Police was blamed by those present for failing to alert police to arson attacks on the properties of government parliamentarians, according to the ones present.Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.Long lines for fuel, cooking oil, and other essentials have erupted, as electricity disruptions and high food costs have exacerbated hunger for the people.

In response to President Rajapaksa's appeal for his resignation, he sacked his cabinet and appointed a younger cabinet.For well over a month, a protest against his secretariat has been going on.