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Former Sri Lankan minister blames LTTE and JVP for economic crisis

Former Sri Lankan minister, S.M. Chandrasena, who served in Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s cabinet, has cast blame for the island’s economic crisis on the defunct LTTE and the oppositional JVP.

The statement comes as Sri Lanka’s former President has announced a new book which seeks to exonerate his conduct and cast blame on the international community for the overthrow of his government by mass protests.

Chandrasena castigated the JVP for allegedly pointing fingers at others for the bankrupting of the country. In November 2023, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court had ruled that the Rajapaksa brothers were responsible for mishandling Sri Lanka’s economy and driving it into its current economic crisis. This economic collapse drove the mass protests against the Rajapaksa regime that led to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ousting in July 2022.

Speaking before parliament, leader of the lankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Sivagnanam Shritharan maintained that the underlying cause of Sri Lanka’s malaise was the decision of Sinhalese leaders to engage in a genocide. He added that, "in a country where justice does not prevail, the economy cannot flourish”.

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