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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 04:35 AM IST

Sri Lanka is on brink of eco anarchy: ousted finance minister

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Colombo: Lanka’s current political crisis due to President Maithripala Sirsena’s “irresponsible” action of sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has left the country on the brink of an “economic anarchy” never experienced before, the ousted finance minister said.

Ousted finance minister Mangala Samaraweera said: “As a result of these actions, Sri Lanka is on the brink of an economic anarchy and chaos as never experienced before. The cavalier and irresponsible actions of the president starting on October 26th based on personal animosities and precipitating a series of illegal acts, places at risk Sri Lanka’s ability to meet its immediate debt obligations. In early January 2019, we have to repay $1 billion of Rajapaksa’s debt taken in January 2014, the repayment of which is also under the purview of Parliament,” he said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Lanka Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said on Wednesday he was committed to protect democracy despite personal abuse and slander thrown at him by the government led by disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Published on: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 02:02 AM IST
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