Acting President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday decided to ban the use of the word “His Excellency” when addressing the president and abolished the presidential flag, underscoring his commitment to protecting democracy and the Constitution of country affected by the crisis.
“Rather than protecting individuals, protect the country,” said Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also prime minister, after being sworn in as interim president of Sri Lanka until parliament elects a successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa , who resigned after protests against his government for mismanagement. the economy that bankrupted the country.
He said that as acting president he had decided to ban the use of the word “His Excellency” when addressing the president.
He also said that the presidential flag will be abolished as the country must come together around one flag, which is the national flag.
“I will never pave the way for an unconstitutional act or help it,” he said in a special televised statement, adding that the breakdown of law and order would have a negative impact on the country. economy of the country.
He warned that the food, electricity and water supply chain could be disrupted and that people should understand the dangerous situation ahead.
He said a special committee has been appointed with the Chief of Defense Staff, Inspector General of Police and Tri-Army Force Commanders to maintain law and order in the country without no political intervention.
He called on politicians to put aside their ambitions and think about the country.
Commenting on the protests that have taken place in the country, Wickremesinghe said immediate measures will be taken to maintain law and peace in the country.
“Peaceful protests are accepted, however, some engage in acts of sabotage… There are fascist groups trying to incite violence in the country. These groups have recently snatched weapons and ammunition from soldiers .24 soldiers were injured and two of them are in critical condition,” he said.
Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis, the worst in seven decades, leaving millions struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other necessities.
Citizens demonstrated for months demanding the resignation of the government led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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