In Sri Lanka, interim president vows to revive constitutional amendment to empower parliament over the executive president

By Uditha Jayasinghe and Alasdair Pal, 15 July 2022
Flag of Sri Lanka (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Sri Lanka (photo credit: pixabay)
Sri Lanka's parliament accepted the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on [15 July] after he fled the country, paving the way for lawmakers to start repairing the island's shattered politics and resume efforts to ease its economic crisis. [...] Until then, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the interim president although protesters want him gone too. His private residence was set ablaze by demonstrators last weekend and his office stormed this week. [...] After he was sworn in by the chief justice, Wickremesinghe said he would follow the constitutional process and establish law and order in the South Asian country. He also vowed to start moves to increase parliament's powers and reduce those of the president, as demanded by protesters. "This change can be completed by the new president once he is elected by parliament next week," Wickremesinghe said.
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