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Sri Lanka Opposition rejects President’s offer to form unity government

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  • Day after appointment, Ali Sabry quits as FM

 

Colombo: Following the resignation of the entire Cabinet of the Sri Lanka government amid the escalating economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invited the Opposition to join a unity government to run the country. However, his offer has been rejected by the latter, which called it “nonsensical” and stepped up its demand for his resignation for failure to control the country’s worsening condition.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Sri Lanka, criticising the Rajapaksa family for its handling of the economic crisis.

President Rajapaksa’s brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is the PM of the country, while their brother Basil Rajpaksa was the Finance Minister who was sacked by the President on Monday.

Following the widespread protests, the Sri Lanka Cabinet, with the exception of the PM, resigned en masse.

Protesters have been critical of the Rajapaksa brothers’ refusal to resign even after the entire Cabinet quit, arguing that the former situation has left the latter development pointless.

 

Newly appointed Lanka FM quits

Ali Sabry, who was appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the new Finance Minister after sacking his brother Basil Rajapaksa, resigned from his post on Tuesday.

He claimed he had taken up the post only as an interim arrangement until a full-time and sustained solution could be found.

In his letter to the President, he said he was resigning to allow “fresh and proactive and unconventional steps” that were needed to tide over the ongoing crisis, “including the appointment of a new Finance Minister”.

 

 

 

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