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Sri Lanka facing ‘worst crisis’ ever as troops have orders to shoot

Sri Lanka’s president has said the country is facing the “worst crisis in its history” as it deals with an economic emergency that’s sparked a wave of violence.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised to appoint a new prime minister, give more of his power to parliament and look at scrapping the presidential system.

It comes after an MP was killed in a stand-off with protesters and the homes of other politicians set on fire in violence across the country on Monday.

It started after pro-government mobs attacked protesters who were calling for President Rajapaksa and his brother, the prime minister, to resign.

Nine people, including the MP, were beaten to death and about 300 hospitalised, said the president in a televised speech on Wednesday.

He said there was also looting and organised rioting across Sri Lanka – which is under a strict nationwide curfew and state of emergency.

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