Sri Lanka needs $5 Bln in 6 months for essentials: PM

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament Tuesday that country’s cash-strapped government will need at least $5 billion in the next six months to maintain basic standards of living, including some $3.3 billion for fuel imports.
“Only establishing economic stability not enough, we have to restructure the entire economy,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is working to prepare an interim budget to balance Sri Lanka’s battered public finances. The island nation of 22 million is suffering its worst economic crisis in seven decades, with a shortage of foreign exchange stalling imports of essential items such as fuel, medicine and fertilisers.