Sri Lanka’s new finance minister quits after one day

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Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali Sabry resigned Tuesday just a day after he was appointed to the post by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the island nation suffers a crippling economic crisis.

“Whilst I regret the inconvenience caused, I believe I have always acted in the best interests of the country,” a statement from Sabry said, adding that “fresh and proactive and unconventional steps” were needed to solve the country’s problems.

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At least 41 Sri Lankan lawmakers walked out of the ruling coalition on Tuesday, leaving the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a minority in parliament as it struggles with the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Rajapaksa dissolved his cabinet on Monday and sought to form a unity government as public unrest surged over the ruling family’s handling of the debt-heavy economy that has led to shortages of food, fuel and prolonged power cuts.

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