Colombo, In Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced the lifting of emergency at midnight on Tuesday. He imposed emergency in the country on April 1 to handle the deteriorating economic condition of the country. But since then he has been facing huge protests across the country. People are protesting by taking to the streets. Seeing the anger of the people, 41 MPs who supported the Rajapaksa government withdrew support, reducing the government to a minority. Only after this the President announced the removal of emergency.
In the midst of the ever-increasing economic crisis in the country, people are also getting angry against China across the country. Anti-China demonstrations have taken place across the country. Amidst protests by the people, the government claimed the opposition party Janata Vimukti Peramunavas Party to be behind the violence in the country. Sri Lankan government minister Johnson Fernando said that the opposition should not be allowed to indulge in thug politics.
The government also defended the President’s decision to impose emergency. On behalf of the government, it was said that emergency was imposed after the attack on the President’s office and other public properties. However, as per the government order, the Emergency Ordinance was revoked at midnight on April 5. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka temporarily closed its embassies in Norway, Iraq and Australia. It is reported that Nandlal Veerasinghe, former finance officer of Sri Lanka, will take over as the governor of the central bank on Thursday. Earlier, two finance ministers had resigned in two days.