Saturday, May 28, 2022

A 12-hour curfew was lifted in Sri Lanka, with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe trying to form a government

Crisis in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka lifted a 12-hour nationwide curfew on Saturday and eased strict restrictions. Meanwhile, new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is busy trying to form a government. The government lifted the curfew from 6 a.m. Saturday (0030 GMT) to 6 p.m. The 24-hour curfew imposed on May 9 was lifted for a few hours on May 12 and May 13 to allow people to buy necessities.

At least nine people have been killed and more than 300 injured in clashes between pro-government and anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka. Violence erupted in Sri Lanka after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters.

Rajapaksa resigns as PM
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday (May 9) amid a severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Hours earlier, his supporters attacked anti-government protesters, forcing authorities to deploy troops in the capital and impose a nationwide curfew.

Wickremesinghe appoints new Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe, a four-time Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was on Thursday (May 12) appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the country’s new Prime Minister. The United National Party (UNP) has only one seat in parliament.

Most opposition parties do not want to join the government.
Most opposition parties in Sri Lanka announced on Friday that they would not join Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s interim government but would support external economic policies to improve the debt-ridden country.

Sri Lanka is facing its biggest financial crisis
Sri Lanka has been going through the most severe economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis is mainly due to the shortage of foreign exchange, which means the country cannot afford to import staple food and fuels.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Sri Lanka since April 9, as government funds ran out. The prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed.

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