The President of Sri Lankan, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has called on all political parties to join the government to find solutions to the ongoing crisis in the country.
He made the call after the resignation of cabinet ministers from their posts, following protests of fuel shortage.
The President’s Media aide noted that the current national crisis resulted from several economic factors and global development.
“Sri Lanka should find solutions within a democratic framework. Considering this is a national need, the time has come to work together for the sake of all the citizens and future generations.
“The president invites all political parties represented in the parliament to come together to accept ministerial portfolios to find solutions to this national crisis,” the statement said.
France 24 had reported that Sri Lanka’s entire cabinet, aside from the president and his sibling prime minister resigned from their posts Sunday as the ruling political clan seeks to resolve a mounting economic crisis, with a social media blackout failing to halt another day of anti-government demonstrations.
It also stated that the South Asian island nation is facing severe shortages of food, fuel, and other essentials – along with record inflation and crippling power cuts – in its most painful downturn since independence from Britain in 1948.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, had on Monday tendered his resignation to President Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka has been facing public protests for days ad the people called on the government to take immediate measures in addressing the economic crisis.
On Friday, a state of emergency was declared in the nation, followed by a 36-hour curfew on Saturday, which was, however, lifted on Monday morning.