Sri Lanka declares state of emergency as president flees | Inquirer News

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency as president flees

/ 03:18 PM July 13, 2022
Sri Lanka declares state of emergency as president flees

A man waves Sri Lanka’s national flag outside presidential secretariat in Colombo on July 13, 2022. AFP

COLOMBO — Crisis-hit Sri Lanka declared an indefinite nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday, hours after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country, the prime minister’s office said.

“Since the president is out of the country, an emergency has been declared to deal with the situation in the country,” Dinouk Colombage, spokesman for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, told AFP.

ADVERTISEMENT

Police said they were also imposing an indefinite curfew across the Western Province, which includes the capital Colombo, to contain growing protests after Rajapaksa flew to the Maldives in a military aircraft.

Thousands of demonstrators had mobbed the premier’s office, prompting police to fire tear gas to hold them back from overrunning the compound.

FEATURED STORIES

“There are ongoing protests outside the prime minister’s office in Colombo and we need the curfew to contain the situation,” a senior police officer told AFP.

He said they were under orders to crack down against demonstrators disrupting the functioning of the state.

Tens of thousands of men and women overran Rajapaksa’s official residence on Saturday, forcing him to escape to a military base and later flee the country.

Officials said he had promised to resign on Wednesday.

RELATED STORIES

Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives hours before he was due to step down

ADVERTISEMENT

Sri Lankan president to quit amid protests

Sri Lanka president’s brother stopped from flying out as anger surges

Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Civil war victor brought down by protests

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Maldives, Political crisis, Sri Lanka
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.