Acting President of Sri Lanka announces a state of emergency

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the country of Sri Lanka’s acting president, has imposed a state of emergency that would last through Monday.

According to a special gazette notice, Wickremesinghe proclaimed the emergency in the interests of public safety, the maintenance of public order, and the preservation of supplies and services necessary to communal life.

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Following the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who went to Singapore via the Maldives, amid a serious economic crisis in the South Asian nation, the parliament of Sri Lanka is set to pick a new president on July 20. On Tuesday, names will be called for the presidential race.

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