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Sri Lanka's acting president declares nationwide curfew

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-07-14 07:04

People stand next to the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after demonstrators burnt it during a protest against him, amid the country's economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka July 10, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday declared a nationwide curfew effective until Thursday morning.

The order directs that no person shall be on any public road, railway, public park, public recreation ground or other public ground or the seashore in such areas till 5 am on Thursday, except under the authority of a written permit granted by relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe on Wednesday informed Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to nominate a prime minister who is acceptable to both the government and opposition.

Protesters surrounded and entered the Prime Minister's Office in Colombo on Wednesday, calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe.

Rajapaksa, who left for the Maldives earlier on Wednesday, was expected to hand in his resignation from the presidency later in the day amid a severe economic crisis.

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