Sri Lanka economic crisis: All 26 cabinet ministers resign

Sri Lanka economic crisis: All 26 cabinet ministers resign

Only President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, will continue in their posts, said education minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Sri Lankan army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint after the government imposed a curfew following a clash between police and protestors near Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence during a protest last Thursday, amid the country’s economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

All 26 ministers aside from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his elder brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down, education minister Dinesh Gunawardena told reporters.

“All the ministers submitted their letters of resignation so that the president can constitute a new cabinet,” Gunawardena said, adding that the decision was taken after discussing the worsening economic crisis.

Three other members of the powerful Rajapaksa family were among those who quit amid mounting public anger against the acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines plaguing the South Asian nation of 22 million.

The youngest Rajapaksa brother, finance minister Basil, and their eldest, Chamal, who held the agricultural portfolio, and the family’s scion Namal, the sports minister, all resigned.

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