Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed the Speaker that country’s Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the Acting President.
Making a special statement to the media today, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abywardena said that the President has appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe to act on his behalf as he is out of the country.
The Speaker said that Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the Acting President as per Article 34 (01) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on Wednesday, hours before he was due to step down, after a people’s uprising over a devastating economic crisis ended his family’s powerful grip on the island nation.
Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency as several hundred people surrounded his office in Colombo trying to breach the compound past police in riot gear, climbing the fences.
Police fired several rounds of teargas and a military helicopter circled overhead.
As news of the president’s flight spread, thousands of people gathered at the main protest site in Colombo chanting “Gota thief, Gota thief”, referring to him by a nickname.