Sri Lanka’s cabinet resigns as protesters’ anger grows over economic crisis

Sri Lanka’s cabinet ministers have resigned from their posts as an economic crisis deepens in the country.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksahas has yet to step down, despite growing demands for his resignation.

Sri Lanka’s government is set to appoint a new Cabinet on Monday after ministers resigned en masse after a meeting Sunday night.

“All ministers submitted their letters of resignation so that the president can constitute a new Cabinet,” Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said.

The resignations came as thousands of Sri Lankans defied a nationwide curfew in Sunday and took to the streets to protest against the government’s handling of the economic crisis.

All 26 ministers, including Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Agricultural Minister Chamal Rajapaksa and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, stepped down.

However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother Prime Minister Mahina Rajapaksa, have held on to power.

Thousands of people, including opposition lawmakers, took to the streets Sunday to demand the ouster of the Sri Lankan president.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of economic mismanagement that has resulted in immense hardship for ordinary Sri Lankans for months now.

With skyrocketing inflation and soaring food prices, many people in the South Asian nation are having a hard time meeting their basic needs.

A shortage of foreign currency reserves has also led to a dire shortage of fuel, with people living without power for several hours a day.

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