Sri Lankan cabinet resigns en masse as crisis deepens | Political news

All 26 ministers except the president and prime minister resign as anti-government protesters defy curfews.

Sri Lankan cabinet members have resigned en masse, the education minister has said, as anti-government protests escalate despite curfews.

All 26 ministers except President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his older brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned in a late-night meeting on Sunday, Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told reporters.

“All the ministers have submitted their resignation letters so that the president can form a new cabinet,” Gunawardena said, adding that the decision was taken after discussing the worsening economic crisis.

Three other members of the powerful Rajapaksa family were among those to quit amid growing public anger over severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine plaguing the South Asian nation of 22 million.

The youngest brother Rajapaksa, finance minister Basil, and the eldest, Chamal, who held the agriculture portfolio, and the scion of the Namal family, the sports minister, have all resigned.

The move came after thousands of people defied a weekend curfew on Sunday to demonstrate across the island and demand the resignation of the Rajapaksa family, which returned to power in November 2019.

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