Despite All The Ongoing Crisis & Protests President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Forms A New Cabinet In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka–Despite enormous demonstrations demanding their resignation, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are still in power. Authorities claimed 17 new members were sworn in, including a number of former Cabinet ministers.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka appointed a new Cabinet on Monday, despite the fact that enormous beachside rallies demanding his resignation have been ongoing for almost ten days. Authorities claimed 17 new members were sworn in, including a number of former Cabinet ministers.
The Rajapaksa brothers (Chamal Rajapaksa & Basil Rajapaksa) & their nephew Namal Rajapaksa, who formerly held crucial responsibilities, are not included in the “new Cabinet.” They, along with their Cabinet colleagues, resigned on April 3 in the face of mounting popular discontent with the current administration. Despite enormous demonstrations demanding their resignation, President Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as PM Mahinda Rajapaksa stayed in power.
The news comes as Sri Lanka’s economic crisis worsens, with inhabitants battling to get basic necessities such as food, cooking gas, and fuel. Colombo stated last week that it will collapse on its $50 billion external debt, and a delegation is expected to meet further with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC this week.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters continue to swarm Colombo’s Galle Face, which leads up to the Presidential Secretariat, shouting anti-Rajapaksa slogans. People in other regions of the country, notably Badulla in the hill country, Galle in the south, and Jaffna in the north, have taken to the streets in recent days to express support with those rallying in the capital. The protests are the culmination of a series of smaller, localized protests that have taken place in Sri Lanka over the previous few months as the country’s predicament has worsened. The Parliament is set to meet on Tuesday. The opposition has stated that it will file a resolution of no confidence against the government.