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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared a new state of emergency.
The island nation of Sri Lanka is in crisis. There have been food and fuel shortages for weeks and power cuts have become the new norm.
Many say they are struggling to cope and accuse the government of mishandling the economic situation – calling on President Gotabya Rajapaksa to resign.
There was a general strike on Friday which paralyzed much of the country.
In response, the president’s office reimposed a state of emergency, saying it was necessary to “ensure public order”.
But what has brought the nation to this unprecedented situation?
Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Bhavani Fonseka – Senior Researcher and Advocate at the Center for Policy Alternatives
Ahilan Kadirgamar – Political economist and senior lecturer at Jaffna University
Jehan Perera – Executive Director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka