Sri Lankan president revokes emergency order as lawmakers walk out of government; The body of doctors reports an acute shortage of drugs
In another setback for the administration, Ali Sabry, who was named finance minister on Monday, resigned within 24 hours of his appointment and ahead of crucial talks scheduled with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a loan program.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved his cabinet on Monday and sought to form a unity government to protest the ruling family’s handling of the indebted economy that has led to food and fuel shortages and prolonged power cuts. A body of doctors has also reported an acute shortage of drugs that could lead to the collapse of the healthcare system.
In a gazette published late Tuesday, Rajapaksa revoked the state of emergency ordinance which came into effect last Friday.
“I, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, hereby revoke the Gazette with effect from midnight on 05 April 2022”, news agency Reuters lines quoted from the gazette.
The economic crisis in the island nation has even affected its television stations and newspapers. With employees laid off, coverage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended in the country, while two major newspapers have not published any articles on the tournament as they keep coverage of the biggest national story these days. last time. .
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