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Sri Lanka crisis: 'State of emergency' declared after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to Maldives today

Sri Lanka crisis: The Prime Minister’s Office informed the media organisations that the state of emergency in the country and a curfew in the Western province had been imposed.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma Colombo Updated on: July 13, 2022 13:40 IST
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Image Source : AP. People throng President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence three days after it was stormed by anti government protesters in Colombo in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Highlights

  • Sri Lanka on Wednesday declared a state of emergency amid economic crisis
  • PMO informed that the state of emergency and a curfew in the Western province had been imposed
  • Prime Minister has also ordered the security forces to arrest people acting in a riotous manner

Sri Lanka crisis updates: Sri Lanka on Wednesday (July 13) declared a state of emergency after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on a military jet in the face of a public revolt against his government for mishandling the country’s economy.

The Prime Minister’s Office informed the media organisations that the state of emergency in the country and a curfew in the Western province had been imposed.

The Prime Minister has also ordered the security forces to arrest people acting in a riotous manner and to seize their vehicles.

Earlier the Police fired tear gas on protesters who gathered near the office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Flower Road, Colombo.

Meanwhile, protesters marched to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office on Flower Street, calling for his resignation after the news came in that President Rajapaksa had fled to the Maldives.

The Police fired tear gas on protesters who had gathered near the PM office. The protesters broke through a barricade despite tear gas and stormed the prime minister's office.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has already said he was willing to resign and make way for an all-party government to take over.

Protestors also gathered around the Parliament Speaker's residence. The military was deployed to control the situation, the Colombo Gazette news portal reported.

The US Embassy in Colombo has cancelled its services as a precaution for the next two days.

(With agencies inputs)

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