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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff level agreement which was to come in August this year has been delayed because of the unrest caused by some protesters whose agitation later turned violent, a cabinet Minister said today.

Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara told a media briefing that the staff level agreement with IMF has been delayed because of the protests that later turned violent.

“The World Food Organization Chief who was to visit Sri Lanka last week, put off his visit by a week while Sri Lankans have lost employment opportunities in some countries. These job offers have been awarded to people from African countries,” the Minister said.

“What Sri Lanka needs today is political stability and peace,” he added.

“There are peaceful protesters and insurgents who might plan to launch an arms struggle to capture power as they can never win elections. Our government will disarm these persons,” the Minister also said.

While stating that the government will always support peaceful protests, the Minister said they would be given locations to carry out their struggle. “We will also come up with constitutional reforms and present them to  Parliament on the 22nd Amendment to the constitution on Wednesday. An exercise to bring in a new constitution under which the Executive Presidency would be scrapped, will also be introduced soon,” he said. (Yohan Perera)


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  • anura hettiarachchi Monday, 25 July 2022 05:47 PM

    Excuse me Sir, who made it violent? It is the unarmed protester who attached armed/masked paid workers.... Don't try to find a scapegoat. We all know conditions attached to a financial bail out....

    Kosappu Monday, 25 July 2022 05:54 PM

    You resign first before being kicked out

    Hussain Monday, 25 July 2022 05:57 PM

    Baila....

    Dan Sen Monday, 25 July 2022 05:57 PM

    Best option for political stability is to conduct an election. Mahinda Deshapriya mentioned that elections can be held without spending lots of money. Sham political arrangements would never solve the problem.

    Tissa Fernando Monday, 25 July 2022 05:58 PM

    That is the objective of this Aragalaya SJB and JVP/Peratugami.

    Mizaru Monday, 25 July 2022 06:04 PM

    The Aragalaya has no direct effect on IMF negotiations. The IMF needs political stability. Political stability in not the head count in the legislature. It is the political stability in the island.

    TONI Monday, 25 July 2022 06:12 PM

    UNREST NOT BY PROTESTORS BUT IT WAS BY RANIL WHO WANTS TO EXERCISE HIS POWERS UNNECESSARILY.

    Full Monday, 25 July 2022 06:14 PM

    MANUSHA. ARAGALAYA PEOPLE NOTHING WILL DO I M F. FIRST 134 MP SHOULD RESIGN. DONT BLAME THE ARAGALAYA CITIZENS

    roshan Monday, 25 July 2022 06:26 PM

    The unrest was by Govt, goons. You are part of the problem.

    Jayapala Arambepola Monday, 25 July 2022 06:28 PM

    SL does not have a president elected by the people. He has been selected by 134 crooks - how can they trust of this government? on the other hand he has been kicked out from politics by the people! Wonderful country in the world!!

    Roshan samarathunga Monday, 25 July 2022 06:29 PM

    Sadly the unelected president can’t understand the gravity of the crisis. He loves Tobe master debate by the public in the park

    European Monday, 25 July 2022 06:31 PM

    Sri Lanka is not the only country that faces an economic crisis. Also African countries are fiercely hit by the blocking of Ukrain grain transports and bombings of silos by Russia. Putin is the cause of this worldwide economic crisis. We feel the recession in Europe too. Why is the Russian ambassador in Colombo so very quiet? What is the Russian contribution to Sri Lanka so far? Apart from some lost drunk Russian tourists?

    Saman Monday, 25 July 2022 06:34 PM

    Yes, RW's Kristenacht attack would have been one of the reasons WFP head got scared. Try to put forward some facts Manusha.

    Bernard Monday, 25 July 2022 08:15 PM

    If you people didn't assault the innocent protesters I wouldn't have happened. Its the Government that muck up the system. Kamal Gunarathna got That blade Senadipathi's gangsters to assault the innocent protesters.

    NightOwl Tuesday, 26 July 2022 10:31 AM

    "There are peaceful protesters and insurgents who might plan to launch an arms struggle" What a statement. yet another reason not to believe any politician, either in government ranks or in the opposition. They have twisted tongues.

    NIghtOwl Tuesday, 26 July 2022 10:33 AM

    Only good part about ranil's presidency is that the 6.9mn will get blamed less~instead the 134 have to take the blame, since we don't know who are they , entire 225 is responsible.

    Damian Tuesday, 26 July 2022 11:40 AM

    "capture power as they can never win elections" Are you referring to RR or RW who abused the constitution to become president with 134 votes ?

    sam Tuesday, 26 July 2022 01:16 PM

    IMF is not giving anything to looters and they have no discussion with demonstrators so excuses are in place


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