The state of emergency has been in effect for a month and is officially due to end this Thursday.
Political tensions remained high in Sri Lanka on Thursday as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa failed to submit his promised resignation letter to the speaker of parliament.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to resign from his post on Wednesday after failing to address an unprecedented economic crisis.
The president’s resignation is more of an end to the Rajapaksa’s dynasty, which has ruled the country for more than a decade.
Sri Lanka has seen weeks of public protests due to a shortage in essential supplies including food and medicines.
Following the prime minister’s resignation, several cabinet ministers including the health minister also resigned.
Public and private transport was brought to a halt, workers in government offices and schools stayed home.
On Monday, the biggest fuel price hike was put in place, raising diesel prices by 64 per cent and petrol by 33 per cent per litre.
Protesters said they would continue to demand the resignations of the prime minister and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his brother.
Protests against the rising cost of living, fuel and gas shortages, and prolonged power cuts have begun since last Month.