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Sri Lankan president called on opposition to come to power

International Desk
Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called for a unity government on Monday to deal with the country's economic crisis, as cabinet ministers and the central bank governor offered to resign and stock trading was halted twice because of a plunge in share prices.

The debt-laden country is struggling to pay for imports of fuel and other goods due to a foreign exchange crisis, leading to hours-long power cuts and a shortage of essentials.

Widespread street protests have continued despite a weekend curfew.

"Considering this a national need, the time has come to work together for the sake of all the citizens and future generations," Rajapaksa's media office said in a statement.

'The situation has gotten worse by the day'

"The president invites all political parties representing in the parliament to come together to accept ministerial portfolios in order to find solutions to this national crisis."

Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said he had also offered to quit.

"In the context of all cabinet ministers resigning, I have today submitted my resignation as Governor," he said on his Twitter handle.
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