Addressing a May 1 rally organized by his party in Polonnaruwa, former Sri Lankan President and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) chairman Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called for new elections in the country.
Saying that politicians must side with the people at a time when the country faces great tragedy, Sirisena said she took to the streets on International Labor Day for that purpose, Colombo Page reported.
“I also took to the streets because this government does not leave even when people from the richest in the country to innocent farmers and public servants took to the streets demanding that the government return home. , according to Colombo Page.
The former president added that he cannot stay at home when the people are in a state of anguish with thousands of problems in the country.
“The farmers of Polonnaruwa who dreamed of making a country self-sufficient in agriculture from the Moragahakanda reservoir are now unable to farm even daily. Community and expressed their problems and challenges to the country’s ruling class,” Sirisena said.
The former president also warned that if the current leaders remain, there will be a situation where people will die at home, adding that two or three million people in the country are already starving and he is getting calls from people across the country. asking for food.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence, with food and fuel shortages, rising prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of people, resulting in massive protests over how the government is handling the situation.
The recession is blamed on foreign exchange shortages caused by a drop in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reckless economic policies such as the government’s decision last year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri Lanka’s agriculture “100% organic”.
Due to an acute shortage of foreign exchange, Sri Lanka has recently defaulted on its entire foreign debt worth around US$51 billion.
The economic situation led to massive protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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