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SRI LANKAN PM RANIL WICKREMESINGHE APPOINTED ACTING PRESIDENT

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has authorized Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to carry out presidential duties, the speaker of parliament said on Wednesday.

It came after Rajapaksa left Sri Lanka amid widespread protests in the country over an economic crisis.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,
The announcement comes amid protesters’ demanding both the President and PM to step down. (File)


“Because of his absence from the country, President Rajapaksa told me that he has appointed the prime minister to act as the president in line with the constitution,” Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said in a brief televised statement.

Rajapaksa has called the speaker, saying his resignation letter will come on Wednesday. The new president will be chosen on July 20.

Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency in the South Asian country on Wednesday. The police have imposed a curfew in Western Province, including the capital Colombo.


Published By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka

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