The Powerful Rajapaksa Dynasty Bankrupted Sri Lanka In Just 30 Months
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The Powerful Rajapaksa Dynasty Bankrupted Sri Lanka In Just 30 Months

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April 28, 2022

Ahead of the November 2019 election, Sri Lankan presidential challenger Gotabaya Rajapaksa proposed sweeping tax cuts so reckless the incumbent government thought it must be a campaign gimmick.


New Delhi, 28 April 2022

As per news report of NDTV, The finance minister at the time, Mangala Samaraweera, called a briefing to assail the "dangerous" pledge to reduce the value-added tax to 8% from 15% and scrap other levies. To him, it was simple math: Sri Lanka collected relatively less revenue than nearly any other country, and its high debt load had forced it to seek cash from the International Monetary Fund. "If these proposals are implemented like this not only will the entire country go bankrupt," the minister warned, "but the entire country will become another Venezuela or another Greece." It took about 30 months for his prediction to come true, in what's become a cautionary tale for populist leaders navigating through a world of war, disease and high inflation.

Source -NDTV

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