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Sri Lanka Opposition Leader Says Stability Needs New Mandate

  • Premadasa says coherence needed on Sri Lankan policy
  • Nation’s economic crisis turned political risk for Rajapaksa
Sajith Premadasa leads a demonstration in Penideniya, Sri Lanka. 

Sajith Premadasa leads a demonstration in Penideniya, Sri Lanka. 

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Sri Lanka needs a new government to tackle its economic crisis, according to the leader of the main opposition party, as its prime minister proposed a system to make the nation’s president and cabinet more accountable. 

“It’s time for a mandate, a fresh mandate,” Sajith Premadasa of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya party said in a Bloomberg interview. “People don’t want elections, they want solutions. But at the end of the day to resolve this gridlock, I think a fresh mandate is the only answer.”