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Gotabaya and brothers stay but cabinet resigns amid protest in Sri Lanka

Gotabaya and brothers

In a late-night cabinet meeting on Sunday, cabinet ministers of the government in Sri Lanka resigned in mass as the widespread protest broke out following the imposition and nationwide curfew.  Every minister apart from the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his elder brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa also stepped down, as announced by education minister Dinesh Gunawardena. In addition to this,  “All the ministers confirmed their letters of resignation so that the president can establish a new cabinet,” Gunawardena said. This decision was taken after a conversation between ministers seeing the worsening economic crisis in the country.

More members of the influential Rajapaksa family of Sri Lanka were among those who resigned amid anger erupting against the government due to the acute shortage of food, fuel, and medicines afflicting the South Asian nation of 22 million. The family’s scion Namal, the sports minister, finance minister Basil and their eldest, the youngest Rajapaksa brother, and Shamal who resigned from the cabinet. 

All this came after thousands of people defied a weekend curfew from Sunday to Protest across the country demanding the resignation of the Rajapaksa family, which come back to power in November 2019. Sri Lanka is currently facing a foreign exchange shortage which has led to food, fuel, power,, and gas shortage, and presently seeking economic assistance from friendly countries. Afterward, on March 8 the island’s nation’s currency has been underrated by nearly SLR 90 against the US dollars and also witnessed long-hour power cuts. 

The Streets on Sunday was full of crowd as anger erupted against the government in power. The nationwide curfew was imposed after the protestors went outside the residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror reported that Cabinet ministers are presently in intense cabinet meetings held with the President and Prime Minister. More likely the resignations are expected in the imminent hours.

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