“I am going to change many of the policies of the Rajapakasa government,” he said.
Material hardship was the trigger to the avalanche of opposition to the Rajapaksa administration which later took on more political dimensions.
The writer says it is important to start building democratic institutions with checks and balances that can rein in corrupt people.
The president has also agreed to appoint a National Council as proposed by Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
He appealed to lawmakers to sink their political differences, as the country was facing a critical situation, and come together to find solutions.
The continuously raging Covid-19 pandemic and the dramatically changing international situation have further worsened the global food shortage and shipping capacity.