Rajapaksa announced the appointment of Wickramasinghe as acting president after he left the country amid protests. Protests continue near the prime minister's office. Previously, the demonstrators seized the presidential residence
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has been named Acting President after head of state Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country, Ada Derana reported, referring to Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yap Abeywardene.
According to the speaker, the president informed him of the appointment of the acting prime minister. head of state, since the president himself “is away from the country.”
Earlier, Abeywardena said that Rajapaksa would resign on July 13, but this has not yet happened.
Wikramasinghe was appointed acting. head of state against the backdrop of mass protests that continue outside his office. The prime minister ordered the security forces to detain violators of the order and arrest their vehicles. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, writes Gagana.
The prime minister also declared a state of emergency in the country and imposed a curfew in the Western Province, in which the capital Colombo is located.
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Mass protests in Sri Lanka have been going on since spring amid an economic crisis caused by a shortage of foreign exchange, which is needed to purchase imported goods, including groceries, medicines and essential goods. In June, inflation in the country exceeded 50%.
Last week, demonstrators seized the presidential residence in Colombo. Rajapaksa left Sri Lanka amid unrest. Together with his wife and bodyguards, the president arrived in the Maldives.
The protesters demand the resignation of the president and government. According to Abeiwardena, Rajapaksa promised to resign on July 13 in order to transfer power peacefully. Prime Minister Wikramasinghe also agreed to leave the post after the formation of a new government.
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