Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as performing President on Wednesday after Gotabaya Rajapaksa alongside along with his spouse fled to the Maldives amid large protests which have gripped the nation dealing with an financial disaster.
Reacting to the appointment, Sri Lanka LoP Sajith Premadasa stated, “PM turns into performing President provided that President appoints him, his workplace falls vacant, or CJ in session with Speaker varieties view that President is unable to behave. With out these, PM cannot train President’s energy and might’t declare a curfew.”
Large protests rocked the island nation on Wednesday as agitators gathered outdoors the Prime Minister’s workplace at Flower Street in Colombo and residence, propmting Wickremesinghe to declare a state of emergency within the nation. A curfew has additionally been imposed. He has additionally ordered the safety forces to arrest individuals performing in a riotous method.
Visuals confirmed Sri Lankan police utilizing tear gasoline outdoors the premises of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s residence in Colombo to disperse the protesters. Sounds of gunshots fired within the air have been additionally heard.
In the meantime, a press release from the Sri Lanka Air Drive stated Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew to the Maldives along with his spouse and two safety officers. They arrived within the capital Male at round 3 am on Wednesday, BBC reported. On Saturday, Rajapaksa had introduced to step down on Wednesday after 1000’s of protesters stormed his official residence.
Rajapaksa, who enjoys immunity from prosecution whereas he’s president, fled Sri Lanka earlier than resigning to keep away from the potential of arrest by the brand new authorities, PTI reported.