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Acting president of lanka Wickremesinghe declares emergency in the country, emergency in the fourth time in 4 months

By Priyanka Verma 
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Sri Lanka: The ongoing economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka does not seem to be subsiding. According to a government notice released on late on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency in the country. He has said that this step has been taken in view of the situation in the country. Emergency has been imposed in Sri Lanka for the fourth time in 4 months amid the economic crisis. After the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been made the acting president.

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Government notification stated, “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 state of emergency has been declared in a proclamation by Wickremesinghe in terms of Article 40(1)(C) of the Constitution, by virtue of the powers vested in him by Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40), as amended by Act No. 8 of 1959, Law No. 6 of 1978 and Act No. 28 of 1988, the newspaper reported.

The Rajapaksa government imposed a state of emergency on April 1 for the first time in a pauperized Sri Lanka. The state of emergency was lifted on 5 April. On May 6, the state of emergency was again imposed till May 20. Emergency was declared for the third time on 13 July 2022. The Sri Lankan Parliament announced that the nominations for the Presidential elections will be held on Tuesday and the new President of Sri Lanka will be elected on July 20.

On Sunday, Sri Lanka’s protest movement reached its 100th day, having forced one president from office and now turning its sights on his successor as the country’s economic crisis continues. The situation in Sri Lanka has been going bad for the last few months. Protesters in the country are talking about ending the presidency and continuing the struggle till the system changes. Recently, in Sri Lanka, protesters had entered Rashtrapati Bhavan. During this, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had to flee the country. He later tendered his resignation.

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