Sri Lanka PM summons urgent cabinet meeting after president flees

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Police used tear gas to disperse protestors demanding the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo on July 9, 2022. Sri Lanka's beleaguered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence in Colombo, a top defense source told AFP, before protesters stormed the compound demanding his resignation. (Photo: AFP)
COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe summoned an urgent cabinet meeting to discuss a "swift resolution" to a potential power vacuum after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence Saturday.اضافة اعلان

Wickremesinghe, who is next in line of succession if Rajapaksa resigns, invited political party leaders to join the meeting and also asked for parliament to be convened urgently to discuss the crisis, his office said in a statement.

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