A state of emergency has been declared under the powers of the President from midnight yesterday.
The Department of Government Information states that the President has implemented the Emergency Law with effect from yesterday (06) to ensure political stability and uninterrupted normalcy of the people, which is an essential factor in the reforms that need to be made to overcome the current economic and social crisis.
The Department said that Sri Lanka is now facing the worst economic and social crisis and political instability since independence as a whole as a result of several factors with short-term and long-term consequences.
It is generally accepted that to overcome this we need to make a series of profound reforms in our political, economic and social fabric.
Among them is the management of the exchange rate deficit and the restoration of the supply of goods and services within the shortest possible time, the Information Department said.
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