Sri Lanka Crisis: Sri Lanka on Saturday lifted a nationwide curfew for 12 hours, and also eased tough restrictions. Meanwhile, the new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is busy trying to form the government. The government lifted the curfew from 6 am (0030 GMT) to 6 pm on Saturday. The 24-hour curfew imposed on May 9 was also lifted for a few hours on May 12 and May 13 so that people could buy essentials.
Let us tell you that in the clashes between supporters and opponents of the government in Sri Lanka, so far 9 people have died and more than 300 people have been injured. Let us inform that anti-government protesters were attacked by supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, after which violence erupted in Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa resigns as PM
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post on Monday (May 9) amid the severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Hours before that, his supporters attacked anti-government protesters, forcing the authorities to deploy military forces in the capital and impose a nationwide curfew.
Wickremesinghe appointed new prime minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka four times, was on Thursday (May 12) appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister of the country. The United National Party (UNP) has only one seat in parliament.
Most of the opposition parties do not want to be included in the government.
Most opposition parties in Sri Lanka on Friday announced they would not join Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s interim government but would support economic policies from outside to help improve the debt-ridden country.
Sri Lanka is facing the biggest economic crisis
Sri Lanka is going through the most severe economic crisis ever since its independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis arose mainly because of a lack of foreign exchange, which means that the country is unable to pay for imports of staple foods and fuels.
Thousands of protesters have been on the streets across Sri Lanka since April 9, as the government has run out of funds for imports. The prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing.
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