Sri Lanka acting president declares emergency amid protests

The current acting president of Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency on Monday. 

Which grants him vast authority, in response to rising rallies calling for him. 

To step down just two days before the country's lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a new president. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 

Ranil Wickremesinghe's predecessor, fled the nation on Wednesday & resigned, prompting months of widespread protests over the country's economic collapse. 

On Friday, Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the country's acting president. 

The decision by Wickremesinghe to declare a state of emergency comes at a time when demonstrations calling. 

For his resignation have continued in most regions of the country, with some protestors setting his effigy on fire.

On Saturday, legislators got together to start the process of picking a new leader to finish out the remainder of Rajapaksa's tenure, which he abdicated earlier this year. 

On Tuesday, the parliamentarians will deliberate over the candidates for the new presidency, & on Wednesday, in the event that there is more than one contender. 

The emergency decree that was issued by Wickremesinghe invokes sections of the Public Security Ordinance that give him the authority to make regulations in the interest of public security.

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