Committee appointed to restore law and order – Ranil

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A committee, comprising the Chief of Defence Staff, Tri-forces Commanders and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), was appointed to ensure the security and the safety of the citizens and to restore law and order in the country, Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

In a video statement, Wickremesinghe said there will be no political interference in this committee. Explaining why he decided to impose curfew in the Western Province and emergency law Islandwide, Wickremesinghe said he took the decision based on intelligence information that that various ‘riot groups’ and ‘rebels’ could make attempts to prevent him from working with the Speaker to appoint a new President in the coming week.

He said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country on 12 July and had informed the Speaker that his resignation letter would be handed over yesterday (13).

“The President also informed me of his resignation. But, after hearing the information gathered by the State Intelligence, we all were astounded. According to the information, even though we took steps to nominate a President after Rajapaksa left the country, some protesters decided to storm the Prime Minister’s Office, the Air Force Commander’s house, who provided Rajapaksa with a military jet to leave the country, the Army Commander’s house, and the Navy Commander’s house,” he claimed.

Wickremesinghe also said that the protesters had allegedly decided to storm the Parliament and the Speaker’s residence too.

By Thameenah Razeek