Crisis in Sri Lanka Deepens

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis Live Updates: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revokes state of Emergency

Sri Lanka Crisis Live News, Cabinet Resignation, President’s House Clash Updates: Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition lost its majority in Parliament as proceedings began Tuesday for the first time since the state of Emergency was imposed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 6, 2022 8:05:32 am

Sri Lanka Crisis Live News Updates: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa late Tuesday night revoked the state of Emergency with immediate effect on his island nation. In a gazette notification number 2274/10, the President said he has withdrawn the Emergency rule ordinance which gave security forces sweeping powers to curb any disturbance in the country.

President Rajapaksa had declared an Emergency on April 1 amid a spate of protests over the worst economic crisis in the country, with thousands gathering outside the President’s private residence, demanding his resignation.

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Later, the government imposed an island-wide curfew. Protests continued despite curfew and the state of Emergency with senior ruling party figures having their homes surrounded by angry protesters who urged the government for solutions to the economic crisis. The revocation of the gazette assumes significance as the ruling coalition appeared to have lost its majority in the 225 member Parliament with over 40 MPs declaring independence from the ruling coalition.

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