Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Gamini Lokuge says the public did not join protests on the 9th of August as they have placed their faith in the government’s present programme.
The MP said some termed that people will flock for protests on the 9th like a Tsunami, which didn’t come into fruition. Speaking in Parliament yesterday the MP said the tourism industry will also gradually recover.
He added efforts to generate foreign exchange must be enforced.
The Parliamentarian said tourism was affected owing to the protests, fuel shortage, and power cuts, leading to a drop in arrivals, adding that August will bring a boost to tourist arrivals with winter approaching as well.
MP Lokuge said the apparel and export sectors are continuing unabated, and expressed hope that export earnings will increase.
Joining the debate Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala said the country is in this current position due to the actions of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The MP said the former Executive President, who had a 2/3rds majority, introduced the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to gain more power.
MP Alawathuwala charged that former President Rajapaksa, who lacked political experience, acted arbitrarily plunging the country into turmoil.