7th June 2018
EP Desk


Sri Lanka hiked fuel prices recently by up to 130 percent following pressure from the International Monetary Fund and its central bank to reduce the burden of heavy subsidies on its struggling economy.


This is the first fuel price increase in Sri Lanka since the ruling coalition came to power in 2015. Past fuel subsidy cuts sparked protests in the South Asian nation, but it is unclear how the public will react to the latest hike.


Sri Lanka had to secure a $1.5-billion IMF bailout two years ago after a balance of payments crisis, and has struggled to limit huge losses at the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the country's biggest oil company.


The price of kerosene oil, widely used in rural Sri Lanka for cooking and in lamps, will be more than doubled -- from 44 rupees to 101 rupees (65 cents) per liter.


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