Sri Lanka: The government has relaxed the curfew if the new prime minister wants to form a cabinet
Sri Lanka lifted a 12-hour nationwide curfew on Saturday, easing tough sanctions as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tried to form a government after nine people were killed in clashes with opposition groups.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
More than 300 people were injured in the initial clashes and retaliation against government figures.
The government lifted the curfew from 6am to 6pm on Saturday (0030 GMT) The 24-hour curfew imposed on Monday was lifted for a few hours on Thursday and Friday to allow the purchase of essential supplies.
Rajapaksa resigned after violence erupted on Monday, leaving his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa to rule as president.
Severely hit by epidemics, rising oil prices and populist government tax cuts, Sri Lanka is in its worst economic crisis since independence from Great Britain in 1948.
Usable foreign reserves have dwindled, and massive inflation and fuel shortages have taken thousands of people to the streets in protest.
Five-time Prime Minister Bikram Singh was appointed to another term late on Thursday. The 73-year-old minister is expected to begin his appointment before the parliament convenes again on Tuesday.
Vikramasinghe is the only lawmaker from his United National Party who holds a seat in parliament and will rely on other parties to form a coalition government. Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan Podujana has promised to support Peramuna Vikramasinghe.
The main opposition party has refused to support him, but several smaller parties have stated they will support the new prime minister’s policy to stabilize the economy.
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