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A baby holds a packet of cookies as he sits in front of the metal barrier at the Presidential Secretariat during a protest against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, amid the country’s economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 11, 2022. (Reuters)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa called on protesters to end the weeks of mass demonstrations that have called on the government to deal with the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

In a televised speech for the nation, Rajapaksa says the government is launching a plan to rebuild the country and that “every second” protesters spend on demonstrating on the streets opportunities to receive crucial foreign currency.

Protesters, meanwhile, continued to occupy the entrance to the president’s office for a third day Monday, demanding his resignation.

Mahinda Rajapaksa blamed the foreign crisis on COVID-19 restrictions and the loss of crucial tourist revenue.

“We are embarking on an enormous program to overcome the crisis we are facing today. Every second spent by the President and this government is being used to deplete roads to rebuild our country,” he said. – AP

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