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Sri Lanka PM proposes more cabinet accountability amid economic crisis

Move comes after weeks of street protests triggered by the country's economic crisis

Police use tear gas to disperse Medical University students during a protest demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down, near the President's House, amid the country's ongoing economic crisis, in Colombo on May 29.    © Reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday his government was working to make the president and cabinet accountable to parliament, after weeks of street protests triggered by the country's worst economic crisis in decades.

Hit hard by the pandemic, rising oil prices and populist tax cuts, Sri Lanka faces rampant inflation and shortages of fuel and other essentials, prompting the resignation of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet this month.

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