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Sri Lankan government to impose a curfew amid ongoing economic crises

According to the reports from the local media, on Monday, Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nine-hour-long curfew amid the ongoing conflict in the island nation. The curfew will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday and last until 5 a.m. on Tuesday. The announcement was made on the day after Sri Lanka stated that more than 200 people had been arrested on different offences, including curfew violations, public attacks, and public and private property destruction.

Protests have erupted across the island nation due to the country’s worsening economic crisis, which is being described as the worst in years. It is being said that the Sri Lankan authorities are attempting to restore law and order following weeks of protests. The newly appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that he will provide a complete explanation of the island nation’s financial situation. “There is a lot to be done and undone. We are prioritizing matters; rest assured they shall be addressed as early as possible,” he stated in a series of tweets. 

The problem sparked nationwide protests against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family. Last week, his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister after clashes between government supporters and demonstrators killed nine people and injured 300 others.

Out of the last effort, the president chose Wickremesinghe, an opposition parliamentarian who has previously served as Prime Minister five times. On the other hand, the protesters have stated that they will continue their campaign until the president is overthrown. They’ve also called Wickremesinghe a puppet and criticized his appointment of four cabinet ministers, all of whose members are of the Rajapaksa brothers’ political party. 

Now Ranil Wickremesinghe, the new Sri Lankan Prime Minister, has also stated that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which would limit presidential powers, will be discussed with the Attorney General’s Department. 

 

By TIS Staffer
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