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A Sri Lankan government supporter carries a national flag after attacking the anti-government protesters outside president's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Live news updates: Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Wednesday he would this week appoint a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet, promising constitutional reforms that would give Parliament more powers.

"I will appoint a young cabinet without any of the Rajapaksas," Gotabaya said, referring to his own family and as he started talks with political parties to stop the country from sliding into anarchy.

Sri Lanka's central bank governor said on Wednesday he would quit within weeks unless political stability was restored to the country after deadly violence forced the prime minister to quit and take shelter in a navy base.

P Nandalal Weerasinghe, appointed central bank chief last month to help the island nation of 22 million people find a way out of its worst economic crisis in history, said a stable government was essential to stop the turmoil.



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First Published: Wed, May 11 2022. 07:32 IST