Sri Lanka president declares a state of emergency amid economic crisis

The president invoked the laws to ‘ensure public order’, as per a spokesperson
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Friday declared a state of emergency giving security forces sweeping powers for the second time in five weeks to deal with escalating anti-government protests.
A spokesman for the president said he invoked the tough laws to “ensure public order” after trade unions staged a nationwide strike Friday demanding his resignation over a worsening economic crisis.
 
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.
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