Sri Lanka Crisis: There has been a ruckus in Colombo as soon as Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country. Protesters have taken to the streets. Tear gas shells have been fired at the furious crowd. A large number of military personnel have been deployed in view of the protests outside the Prime Minister's residence in Colombo. On the spot, protesters are seen raising slogans against the government. An emergency has been imposed in Sri Lanka after growing outrage in the country.
Let us discuss here that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya has left the country in an army plane and reached Maldives on Wednesday. Rajapaksa had announced his resignation on Wednesday amid growing public outcry against him and his family for not handling the country's economy.
National television channel stopped broadcasting
Sri Lanka's national television channel has ceased broadcasting. People are seen on the street. Aerial firing was also done to disperse the protesters. Thousands of protesters have gathered in front of the Parliament House.
Emergency in Sri Lanka
Emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka. Emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka after President Rajapaksa's escape. Harim Peiris, a former adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka, told that when the protesters were coming here, tear gas shells were fired at them. The protesters are now going towards the entrance of the Prime Minister's residence, Special Forces, Armed Forces have also been taken out on the streets.
Security cover of PM's residence was broken
The furious mob has broken the security cordon of PM's residence. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has been made caretaker President. The protesters are being monitored by helicopter. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister's Office was quoted as saying that Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency as acting president after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives.
The protesters stopped the army vehicle
As soon as people got the news of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaving the country, they started protesting on the street. Thousands of protesters are marching towards Parliament. The protesters have stopped the army vehicle. The crowd is also moving towards PM's residence.
Sri Lanka Air Force statement
A brief statement has been issued by the Sri Lankan Air Force, in which it has been told that the 73-year-old leader along with his wife and two security officers left the country in an army plane. At the request of the government and in accordance with the powers conferred on the President under the Constitution, with the full approval of the Ministry of Defense, the President, his wife and two security officials were sent to the Sri Lankan airport from Katunayake International Airport on July 13, the statement said. Air Force aircraft provided.
Gotabaya Rajapakse ran away without resigning
Sri Lanka's Samagi Jana Balvegaya Party MP Patali Champika Ranawaka has said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the country without resigning. The speaker and the whole country were confident that he would give his resignation properly and according to the constitution, the Prime Minister would take over as the interim President. He said that and we would have elected the new President for the remaining term of the President till next week, on July 20, by secret ballot in the MP.