(ANSA) – COLOMBO, JUL 31 – The new president of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has accepted a formal invitation to parliamentarians from all sides to unite to create a government of national unity to save the economy of the troubled island from bankruptcy and to make painful but necessary reforms. The presidential office writes this in a note from Colombo. “As president I wish to begin a new journey,” Wickremesinghe said, explaining his political plans, during a visit to the monks of Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, one of the most revered sites of Buddhism. “I want the parties to unite and embark on that journey with me and form a government of all parties,” the 73 / year old head of state, former opposition MP, who came to power 10 days ago after his flight, wrote to parliament. abroad of his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa, overwhelmed by the wave of popular protests resulting from the worst economic crisis on the island in decades.
The 22 million Sinhalese have suffered months of long blackouts, shortages of basic goods, fuel and medicines and record inflation. Sri Lankan finances since last year have run out of foreign currencies to pay for the import of essential raw materials. (HANDLE).