Sri Lanka parliament shuts early after petrol runs out

Supporters of Sri Lanka’s main opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegaya shout slogans during a protest outside the prime minister’s private residence in Colombo on June 22. The group, mostly women, staged the protest accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of failing to address the ongoing economic crisis issue and calling for his resignation. – EPA pic, June 23, 2022.

SRI Lanka’s parliament has cancelled its remaining meetings for the week to save fuel, officials said today, with a disastrous economic crisis rapidly depleting the island nation’s already scarce petrol supplies.

A critical shortage of foreign currency has left importers unable to finance purchases of food, oil and medicines while runaway inflation and regular blackouts have made life a misery for the country’s 22 million people.

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