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President to address the nation at 9pm today

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will address the nation today (11). The President’s Media Division informed that the President’s address to the nation will take place at 9pm.

‘We will not leave the country’ - Namal

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa -- who resigned as prime minister after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters and sparked a day of violence -- will not flee the country, his son MP Namal Rajapaksa told AFP on Tuesday.

He said the Rajapaksa family had no plans to leave Sri Lanka despite weeks of protests demanding they relinquish power.

President urges public to remain calm and to stop violence

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has urged the general public to remain calm and stop violence and acts of revenge, irrespective of political affiliations. Taking to his official Twitter account, the President said all efforts will be made to restore political stability, through consensus within the constitutional mandate and to resolve the economic crisis.

Deshabandu Tennakoon assaulted by protestors

Videos have emerged on social media showing SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon being attacked by protestors demanding an explanation as to who gave orders to attack protesters yesterday.

Two including Police officer dead following clashes in Colombo

Two persons including a Police officer have died following clashes reported in Colombo yesterday.

The Police officer was attached to the security team deployed to Temple Trees.

The Colombo National Hospital said an 80-year-old also died upon admission to the hospital. He has reportedly died of a heart attack.

IGP instructed senior cops to ignore mobs

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana D. Wickramaratne, acting on instructions from Public Security Ministry Secretary (Retd.) Maj. Gen. Jagath Alwis, had instructed senior Police officials, including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) – Colombo Central Nishantha Chandrasekara not to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse supporters of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) who attacked peaceful protesters in front of the Temple Trees and the Galle Face Green yesterday (9), reliably learnt.

Island wide curfew extended till 7am on Wednesday

Curfew, that is currently in effect across the country, has been extended till 7am on Wednesday (11). Curfew was imposed according to provisions of the Article 16 of the Public Security Ordinance. Accordingly, no one will be permitted to remain on public roads, railway lines, parks, playgrounds, or public beaches, except under the authority of a written permit issued by an authorising officer.

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sent his letter of resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (9) after violent scenes were witnessed in Colombo.

Speaking to The Morning, Prime Minister’s Secretary Rohan Weliwita confirmed that the letter was sent to the President yesterday evening.