The head of Cenbank will take office; Ward 1st, says Jaishankar as India sends 270,000 tonnes of fuel

cuts and shortages of gas, food and other basic necessities. Public anger prompted nearly all cabinet ministers to resign and dozens of lawmakers to quit Rajapaksa’s government.

Speaking in Parliament, Chief Government Minister Johnston Fernando said the government would face this problem and there was no reason for the President to resign since he was elected. “As a responsible government, we declare that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not resign from office under any circumstances,” Fernando said.

Amid Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence from the UK in 1948, the government also defended the president’s decision to impose a state of emergency, which had given it sweeping power to act in the interest of public safety and the preservation of public order, including suspending all laws, authorizing detentions and seizure of property, claiming it was declared after attempted attacks against the president’s office and other public property.

Meanwhile, India has delivered two shipments of fuel to Sri Lanka in the past 24 hours, the Indian High Commission on the embattled island nation announced on Wednesday. India has supplied 36,000 tons of gasoline and 40,000 tons of diesel, the high commission said, bringing India’s total fuel supplies to Sri Lanka to 270,000 tons.

The United States has advised its citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka, pointing to fuel and medicine shortages, as well as COVID-19 and terrorist threats in the island nation where the worst economic crisis ever has unleashed political unrest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 3 travel health advisory for Sri Lanka due to coronavirus, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country.

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