Public thrown into confusion – BASL

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In a backdrop of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa previously informing that he would step down yesterday (13), the announcement made by the Speaker of Parliament last afternoon (13), that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as Acting President has resulted in confusion and uncertainty amongst the members of public, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) noted.

“The People of Sri Lanka had a legitimate expectation for an announcement of the resignation of President Rajapaksa yesterday (13) as communicated by him to the Speaker and the Prime Minister. While there were reports of the President leaving the country, the letter of resignation or even the exact time at which it could be expected was not communicated to the public,” the BASL said.

Meanwhile, there were reports of the promulgation of a State of Emergency under the Public Security Ordinance and the imposition of curfew in the Western Province, the BASL noted adding that these different communications have resulted in confusion and uncertainty amongst the members of public.