Sri Lanka is in the throes of an anti-government movement. This movement has been going on since the beginning of last month. The movement is being carried out across the country, blaming the government for the worst economic crisis in the island nation’s history. This time the movement to remove the government of the country also started online. Citizens of the country are applying online for the intervention of various international organizations.
An application has been sent to the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, the Sri Lankan media outlet The Island reported. The online application, Save Sri Lanka, states that bad economic decisions have been made in various cases, which has put Sri Lanka in a predicament. The petition also mentions bad economic plans, widespread corruption of politicians and government officials.
The online application, citing Sri Lanka’s plight, said that for the first time in history, Sri Lanka had failed to repay its debt. That is why the country has been declared bankrupt. To address the crisis, the government is in talks to restructure foreign debt and obtain additional loans from the International Monetary Fund.
The petition further states that if economic mismanagement and corruption continue like this, then new foreign investment will not be able to contribute to stabilizing the country’s economic progress.
In addition to the international intervention, the signatories to the online petition to the Sri Lankan government to end the crisis demanded the resignation of incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, with interim administrators in charge.
A number of recommendations were also made in the application regarding the immediate actions of the interim administrators. One of these is the repeal of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali Sabri has said that the current economic crisis could last for another two years. “People should know the truth,” Ali Sabri told parliament on Wednesday. I don’t know if people understand the depth of the situation. ‘