The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has announced that he will serve as Acting President until a new President is elected by Parliament.
Wickremesinghe announced in a special statement today that he will serve as interim president during this period.
Ranil Wickremesinghe further announced that he has made two crucial decisions since being appointed Sri Lanka’s interim president.
The first, according to him, is that the reference term “His Excellency” will no longer be used for the President.
Wickremesinghe added that the official flag of the President will be abolished because the country needs only one national flag.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe also outlined the following measures to be implemented during his interim term as Sri Lanka’s president.
- Steps are underway to present the necessary Bills to reinstate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
- Measures are being taken for the new President who will be elected next week to present the 19th Amendment to Parliament.
- Steps have been taken to ensure law and order are maintained in the country.
- Increased security for MPs as there are attempts being made to mount pressure on them on electing a new President.
- A committee comprising tri-forces and Police has been appointed to ensure law and order in the country.
- All parties have been urged to come to a common consensus on the establishment of an All-Party Interim Government.
The Interim President concluded that he will protect the Constitution, will not permit actions that violate the Constitution, will unite all parties, and will work for the betterment of the nation.