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Sri Lanka president will not resign despite growing protests

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s President will not resign and instead will face the country’s political and economic crisis, a key government minister said yesterday despite the continuing huge protests that are demanding his resignation.

Sri Lanka has endured months of shortages of fuel and other essentials, and the protests over the economic troubles have spread nationwide and expanded to criticism of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his politically powerful family.

Rajapaksa has resisted the calls for him to resign even after members of his own coalition made them this week, with governing party lawmakers saying an interim government should replace his and failing to do so would make them responsible for violence.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin

 

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