Emergency lifted in Sri Lanka

Emergency lifted in Sri Lanka

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 12:38 6 April 2022   Updated: 12:39 6 April 2022

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has lifted the state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has lifted the state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has lifted the state of emergency after dozens of MPs withdrew from the ruling coalition. In a statement late Tuesday night, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced the lifting of the state of emergency.

In a statement, the president said he had withdrawn the state of emergency order issued last Friday.

The country's newly-appointed finance minister also announced his resignation on Tuesday. Newly-appointed Finance Minister Ali Sabri resigned on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after taking office. 

Amid an unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the country's opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has called for the abolition of the executive presidency.

In a speech to parliament on Tuesday, he recalled the need to introduce a new electoral system, saying that for the past 20 years, every leader in the country had promised to abolish the executive presidency. But no one did that.

Prices of fruits and vegetables have skyrocketed in Sri Lanka due to the severe economic and political crisis. Faruq, a food vendor in the country, said apples used to sell for 500 rupees per kg 3-4 months ago. Now it is being sold for 1 thousand rupees. Earlier, pears were sold at 700 rupees per kg, now they are being sold at 1,500 rupees per kg. People do not have money.

Sri Lanka has sought the help of friendly countries due to acute shortage of food and essential commodities. Twenty-six Sri Lankan cabinet ministers submitted their resignations on Sunday amid growing public outcry against the government over the economic crisis.

Sri Lanka has faced severe food and fuel shortages as well as a severe economic crisis. The country's economic crisis has been raging since the start of the coronavirus epidemic; At present it has taken a deadly shape.

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