All Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka and their deputies have resigned from their portfolios after accusing government of failing to guarantee the security of Muslim community.

The decision comes after Buddhist monks set a deadline to the government to fire Muslim provincial governors and a minister.

The resignations of nine ministers and two provincial governors come after thousands of people led by Buddhist monks began demonstrating this morning in the country’s central city.

Three weeks ago, mobs swept through Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, destroying hundreds of Muslims’ properties and killing one.

Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Project Director, International Crisis Group said it is disturbing to see Muslim politicians being forced to resign their posts.