- A ‘state of emergency’ has been imposed in Sri Lanka with immediate effect.
- The announcement was made ahead of the July 20 presidential election.
- The post fell vacant after the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa following a popular popular revolt.
Sri Lanka Crisis: Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced today that a ‘state of emergency’ has been imposed in Sri Lanka with immediate effect. The announcement came ahead of the July 20 presidential election, which fell vacant following the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa following a popular popular uprising against him.
The official gazette number 2288/30 of July 17 was issued on Monday morning. The 225-member parliament is expected to elect a new president on July 20.
The President is empowered to impose emergency rules in Part II of the Public Safety Ordinance which says “(a) If the President is of the opinion that the police are inadequate to deal with a situation, he may gazetted an order calling for the Armed Forces is to maintain public order”.
This means that the security forces have the power to search, arrest and remove weapons and explosives, and to enter and search premises or persons.
Earlier too, a state of emergency was declared in the country after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on a military jet to face a public revolt against his government for mishandling the country’s economy.
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