In view of the fuel supply crisis in Sri Lanka, the Parliament session will be held for only two days instead of four days this week. This information was given by the Leader of the House, Dinesh Gunavardhan on Tuesday.
In view of the fuel supply crisis in Sri Lanka, the Parliament session will be held for only two days instead of four days this week. This information was given by the Leader of the House, Dinesh Gunavardhan on Tuesday. Sri Lanka, with a population of about 22 million people, is facing the worst economic crisis in more than 70 years. Sri Lanka’s economy is facing extreme fuel shortages, rising food prices and a shortage of medicines. Gunavardhan announced that, “In view of the current fuel supply crisis, we have decided to limit the parliamentary session to Tuesday and Wednesday.”
In a parliament meeting on Tuesday morning, the main opposition Samagi Jan Balvegaya Party and the Marxist National People’s Power Party said they were boycotting the sessions to protest the government’s inaction to deal with the current economic crisis. SJB leader Sajith Premadasa said that the government has no strategy to deal with the crisis, so there is no use in spending time in Parliament.
NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said, “We do not see any plan from the government to address the current economic and fuel shortage issue.” Since then the queues of people for fuel have become longer. At the beginning of today’s session, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhaywardene said on the proposal of the main opposition party on the 21st amendment to the constitution that it would require a national referendum due to the inconsistent provisions of the constitution.
The Sri Lankan cabinet on Monday approved the 21st amendment to the constitution with the aim of empowering the parliament more than an acting president. The 21st amendment is expected to repeal 20A of the constitution, which gives President Gotabaya Rajapaksa autocratic powers, by eliminating the 19th amendment that strengthened parliament. Sri Lanka is in talks with the International Monetary Fund for an economic program. Sri Lanka wants six billion US dollars in aid, so that the economy can continue for the next six months.
The total external debt of Sri Lanka is 51 billion US dollars. This economic crisis has forced Sri Lankans to stand in queues outside shops for hours to buy fuel and cooking gas.
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