Wednesday 25, May 2022
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Sri Lanka Imposes Curfew as Government Backers, Protesters Clash

News Desk: The violence has erupted as IMF officials are set to hold virtual talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts from Monday through May 23rd to continue discussions on the country’s request for support from the multilateral agency.

Sri Lanka’s dollar bonds due this July was indicated on Monday 0.49 cents lower at 46.04 cents on the dollar, reversing the 0.48 cents gain on Friday.

Derana TV reported that at least nine people had been hospitalized with injuries from the clashes.

Local media reported over the weekend that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has asked his brother during a special cabinet meeting on Friday to consider stepping down as prime minister to make way for an interim government.

The prime minister told supporters Monday that he was ready to make “any sacrifice” needed for the country, without specifying his next move.

Late Friday, the president declared a state of emergency, which gives him sweeping powers to suspend laws, detain people and seize property.

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa decried the violence in a tweet and warned against “serious repercussions if any peaceful protesters or media are harmed.”

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