Thousands protest economic crisis in Sri Lanka

STORY: They also marched upon the residence of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, loudly demanding the resignation of the government following the country's worst economic crisis in decades.

The South Asian nation of 22 million people has struggled to pay for essential imports after a steep drop in foreign exchange reserves in two years led to a currency devaluation and soaring inflation.

It is experiencing prolonged power cuts and fuel and medicine shortages, leading to countrywide protests.

Sri Lanka, which has $51 billion of external credit, has asked some creditors to restructure its debt and also approached China, Japan, and the Asian Development Bank among others for help.

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