Sri Lanka’s opposition has dismissed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s invitation to join a unity government as ‘absurd’ and instead demanded he resign amid worsening food, fuel and medicine shortages in the country.
Mr Rajapaksa’s opening came as armed troops sought to quell more protests against what the government acknowledges is the country’s worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948.
All Sri Lankan cabinet members except the president and his older brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned on Sunday night.
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New Finance Minister Ali Sabry resigns
Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ali Sabry today resigned a day after being sworn in, amid growing public unrest over a deepening economic crisis.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition lost its majority in parliament on Tuesday after at least 41 lawmakers withdrew from the alliance amid growing unrest linked to an economic crisis, according to parliamentary proceedings.
China has reportedly refused to heed Sri Lanka’s call to reschedule its huge debts, and its ambassador to Sri Lanka said in March that his country was more eager to consider a new billion-dollar loan and a line. $1.5 billion loan.
Sri Lankan police warned protesters not to take justice into their own hands and said strict action would be taken against those involved in the violence during the unrest.
Police arrested several protesters on Monday night and said they were relying on forensic and video footage to catch violators in the coming days.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ranjith Siyambalapitiya resigns
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ranjith Siyambalapitiya resigned on Tuesday as parliament met for the first time after a state of emergency was declared in the country.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday it was monitoring political and economic developments in Sri Lanka “very closely” as public unrest in the island nation worsens amid its worst economic crisis in decades.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday dissolved the cabinet and appointed a new finance minister, while also seeking a new central bank governor.
Several protests are taking place in different parts of Sri Lanka against the Rajapaksa government. A large number of demonstrators gathered on Galle Road in the city of Colombo today and shouted slogans against the government of the island nation.
A health emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka from Tuesday due to the severe shortage of medicines in the country.
The move was announced after a meeting of the general emergency committee of the country’s Government Physicians Association (GMOA) to discuss the imposition of the emergency law and the severe shortage of medicines, the report reported. DailyMirror.
Sri Lanka’s opposition on Monday rejected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s invitation to join a unity government as “absurd” and instead demanded his resignation amid worsening food, fuel and medicine shortages in the country. country.
Rajapaksa’s opening came as armed troops sought to quell more protests against what the government acknowledges is the country’s worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948.