Colombo (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka In the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, Chief Government Whip Johnson Fernando informed parliament on Wednesday that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would not resign and face current issues. “As a responsible government, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not resign under any circumstances,” Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said. Fernando said the president would not resign after being elected to office, the Colombo Gazette reported.
Meanwhile, the government also defended the President’s decision to impose emergency and later revoke it. According to the Colombo Gazette report, Minister Dinesh Gunawardene said that the emergency was declared after an attempt to attack the President’s office and other public property. He said the government defends the decision to impose emergency. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday rescinded the gazette enforcing emergency rules. The rules have been repealed since April 5.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued a notification on Tuesday revoking a declaration declaring a state of emergency, as the island nation stares at nationwide protests over the dire economic crisis. Earlier, Rajapaksa had declared a state of emergency in the country to ensure “public safety and maintenance of public order”. Anti-government protests continue in the island nation demanding a solution to the current economic crisis. A health emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka today due to the acute shortage of medicines in the country.
Sri Lanka is battling a severe economic crisis with food and fuel shortages affecting a large number of people in the island nation. The economy has been in a free fall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka is also facing a foreign exchange crunch, which, incidentally, has affected its ability to import food and fuel, leading to power cuts in the country. The shortage of essential commodities forced Sri Lanka to seek aid from friendly countries.
On Sunday, 26 Sri Lankan cabinet ministers resigned from their posts amid growing public outcry against the government over the economic crisis. According to the Daily Mirror report, all these 26 people signed a common letter.