Ex-Sri Lankan president protests against fuel crisis on bicycle

In protest against the shortage of fuel nationwide, the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several other lawmakers arrived at the Parliament riding bicycles.

Petrol stations remained temporarily shut down and restricted quantities were distributed at working petrol pumps followed by very long queues in the waiting for a week in Sri Lanka.

Public anger and criticism exceeded as a large number of commercial means of transport and trucks came to a standstill, heading the drivers to a financial despair who survive on daily wages.

Government critics took to protest on the 8th day when they questioned President Sirisena during his address at a function. Sirisena severely blamed the people asking whether it is he who distribute petrol to the pump stations.

Meanwhile, according to reports, a ship with 40,000 metric tons of petrol from UAE entered Sri Lankan waters and docked after midnight Thursday,” a CPC official told Reuters on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to media.

Hundreds of Sri Lankan motorists formed long queues for fuel for a seventh straight day on Thursday after the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) limited supply following a delay in one fuel shipment and rejection of another due to wrong specifications.

Wednesday’s shipment was originally expected to arrive on Nov. 2. Officials have given no reasons for the delay, which spread fear the country would run out of fuel. Sri Lanka imports all of its fuel, mainly from the UAE, Malaysia and Singapore.

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