Emergency declared by Sri Lanka’s interim president

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the interim president of Sri Lanka, issues an emergency proclamation.

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In an effort to quiet civil unrest and address the island nation’s economic problems, Sri Lanka’s acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has reportedly proclaimed a state of emergency, according to a government notice published late on Sunday.

“It is expedient, so to do, in the interests of public security, the protection of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community,” the notification stated.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka who was overthrown this week after a popular rebellion against his administration, claimed he took “all conceivable means” to avert the island nation’s current economic disaster.

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The resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa was approved by parliament on Friday. After thousands of anti-government protestors flooded the streets of Colombo a week ago and took over his official residence and offices, he took a flight to the Maldives and then to Singapore.

A cargo of petroleum came on Saturday to bring some comfort to the crisis-ridden country as Sri Lanka’s parliament convened to start the process of electing a new president.

One of the main candidates to hold the office of president on a full-time basis is Rajapaksa ally Wickremesinghe, but if he wins, there could be additional unrest because protesters also want him out.