Sri Lanka is facing severe economic and political crisis. Emergency has been imposed for the fourth time in 4 months. Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency. He has taken this step considering the situation in the country.
The Rajapaksa government imposed a state of emergency on April 1 for the first time in a pauperized Sri Lanka. The state of emergency was lifted on 5 April. On May 6, the state of emergency was again imposed till May 20. Emergency was declared for the third time on 13 July 2022.
Presidential elections to be held
on July 20 Presidential elections are to be held on July 20 in the 225-member parliament. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa, Anura Kumara Disanayake and Dulas Alhapparuma have filed their nominations. After 44 years, the President will be elected through secret voting. Let us tell you that for the first time after 1978, the President will not be elected through the mandate, but through the secret vote of the MPs. In view of the circumstances going through the economic crisis and to stop the mass revolt, this decision has been taken.
Why the situation deteriorated in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is going through the most severe economic crisis since independence in 1948. The foreign exchange reserves here are almost empty. The country is unable to import essential things. The prices of daily necessities are sky high, there is a crisis of food items and fuel is also not easily available. Due to all this, the common people of Sri Lanka took to the streets and demonstrated against the government
at 6 million Due to the acute shortage of foreign currency in the country, the government is not able to import even the necessary imports from abroad. There is such a shortage of fuel that people have to wait for two days to get petrol and diesel filled.