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Fuel scarcity: Ministers resign in Sri Lanka amid protests

Sri Lanka’s cabinet ministers have offered resignation letters from their positions in response to calls from increasing protests amid economic instability and a severe fuel shortage in the South Asian country.

Government officials confirmed that all cabinet ministers had handed in their resignation letters, paving way for all political parties to form a new cabinet, following discussions held with Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Sunday.

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Officials said that Rajapaksa and the state ministers would, however, continue to work in their capacities.

The Prime Minister was expected to issue a special statement to the nation, and an invitation would be extended to political parties for joint efforts to form a new government.

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Sri Lanka had, for days, seen protests urging the government to take measures immediately to solve hours-long power cut and fuel shortage or to resign.

The country had also suffered a shortage in essential supplies such as food and medicines and foreign currencies, with several sectors being affected as a result.

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The police also said that a 36-hour curfew came into force on Saturday evening and was lifted early Monday in a bid to ensure law and order in the country.

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