الجدول الزمني للأزمة السياسية في سريلانكا infographic
Graphic shows timeline of Sri Lanka political and economic crisis.
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الجدول الزمني للأزمة السياسية في سريلانكا

By Jordi Bou

May 12, 2022 - انضم حزب المعارضة الرئيسي في سريلانكا إلى المتظاهرين المناهضين للحكومة في رفض تعيين رئيس وزراء جديد وأصر على استقالة الرئيس لتحمل المسؤولية عن الأزمة الاقتصادية في البلاد، حسبما ذكرت رويترز.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed veteran opposition lawmaker Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister in a bid to end the crisis, but opposition comments signalled it was not likely to resolve the political and economic crisis.

An economic crisis, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic mismanagement, has drained the country of money to pay for fuel, medicine and other vital supplies, meaning lengthy blackouts and long queues for gasoline. Food prices are soaring.

The Sri Lankan rupee has fallen more than 37 per cent against the dollar this year and food prices in March leapt 30 per cent year on year.

The president’Ns elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, quit as prime minister on Monday as violence spiralled and is in hiding in a military base.

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PUBLISHED: 13/05/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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