With no end in sight to fuel and food shortages, desperate Sri Lankans hope a leadership change can ease their economic crisis.
Sri Lankans bide time as leaders seek fix for economic woes
Sri Lankans who have endured months of fuel and food shortages are bracing for more pain as a newly installed government scrambles to find solutions to the Indian Ocean nation’s economic emergency.
Like many others, fishmonger Gamini Mallawarachchi is pinning his hopes on new President Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s ability to revive the economy and restore stability after months of turmoil and protests.
“Things are really, really bad now and my life is almost ruined,” said Mallawarachchi, who has given up on selling fish because he can’t find fuel to get to the village where he used to buy it – plus his customers were buying less and less.
Mallawarachchi views Wickremesinghe as his “last hope.”