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Lanka’s top court bans ex-PM Mahinda and Basil Rajapaksa from leaving the country amid massive protest

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Colombo: Amid the ongoing crisis created ruckus in Sri Lanka, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Friday issued an interim order banning former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from leaving the country. Let us tell you that recently when the protesters in Sri Lanka entered the house of President Gotabaya, he ran away from the house. Later it was learned that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled the country.

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To avoid this situation, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has issued an interim order banning the country’s former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former minister Basil Rajapaksa from leaving the country. They cannot leave the country till July 28 without the permission of the court.

Ranil Wickremesinghe Interim President
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Friday as interim president until Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s successor is elected. He called for the restoration of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and maintenance of law and order with the aim of giving more powers to the Parliament than the caretaker President. Rajapaksa, who arrived in Singapore, sent his resignation letter via email to President Mahinda Yapa Abhaywardene. Abhaywardene told on Friday that he got the resignation letter only on Thursday and he has accepted it.

Rajapaksa resigned after demonstrations against his government for not handling the economy of the bankrupt island nation. He left the country and went to Maldives first and then to Singapore. Chief Justice Jayanta Jayasuriya administered the oath of office to Wickremesinghe (73) as the acting President of Sri Lanka. Addressing the Parliament after taking oath as the interim President, Wickremesinghe resolved to strictly maintain law and order in the country. He said that the armed forces have been given powers to deal with any act of violence and sabotage.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced on Saturday that he would resign on July 13 after thousands of protesters stormed the official residence of the president, blaming him for the country’s unprecedented economic crisis. Under the Sri Lankan Constitution, if both the President and the Prime Minister resign, the Speaker of the Parliament will hold the charge of Acting President for a maximum period of 30 days. Parliament will elect a new President from amongst its members within 30 days, who will remain in office for the remaining two years of the current term.

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on Wednesday asked Parliament Speaker Abhaywardene to nominate a prime minister acceptable to both the government and the opposition. Significantly, Sri Lanka, a country with a population of 22 million, is facing the worst economic crisis in seven decades, due to which people are struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other essential items.

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