President issues Extraordinary Gazette appointing Ranil as Acting President

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued an Extraordinary Gazette a short while ago, appointing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Acting President.

Accordingly, Wickremesinghe will exercise, perform and discharge the duties and functions of the Office of the President during Rajapaksa’s absence from Sri Lanka with effect from today (13), the Gazette read.

Earlier today, Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Acting President by virtue of Article 37(1) of the Constitution, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena confirmed.