Colombo, Pretr. The economic and political crisis continues in Sri Lanka. Protests are taking place in the country against the government. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament on Thursday that the Defense Ministry has not been issued a shoot-at-sight order during the ongoing anti-government violence in the country. On May 10, Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry ordered the Army, Air Force and Navy to fire at any civilian who attacked public property. The properties of Rajapaksa and his close friends were attacked by a violent mob. Let us inform that since the beginning of the violence in the country, eight people have died and more than 250 people have been injured.

Wickremesinghe said that no such written order was issued. The Prime Minister said that if needed, the police can take a decision regarding firing according to its discretion. He said properties of some members of Parliament were also attacked last week but shoot-on-site orders were not issued. However, the Defense Ministry said last week that it had issued a shoot-at-sight order to prevent further violence. Police and army have been deployed to maintain peace and order in Colombo and other parts of the country.

Protests are taking place across the country to demand the resignation of President Gotabaya in Sri Lanka, which is facing the worst economic crisis since independence. Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP MA Sumanthiran had moved a motion to adjourn Parliament’s standing orders for a debate on a motion of censure expressing displeasure with President Rajapaksa, local newspaper Economy Next reported.

ruling party MP elected deputy speaker

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday elected Sri Lanka Podujana Peremuna (SLPP) MP Ajit Rajapaksa as deputy speaker by secret ballot after a heated debate. This was the first meeting of Parliament after Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country. Ajit got 109 votes, while the main opposition SJB’s Rohini Kaviratne had to be satisfied with 78 votes. Ajit has no affiliation with the ruling Rajapaksa family, but hails from their own Hambantota district.

Edited By: Monika Minal