Sri Lanka: State of emergency renewed ahead of key vote

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Sri Lanka’s acting president renewed the country’s state of emergency on Monday ahead of a parliamentary vote to pick a new head of state – a poll in which he is a leading candidate. Ranil Wickremesinghe automatically became acting president when Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned last week after fleeing to Singapore. A state of emergency allows troops to arrest and detain suspects, and the president to make regulations overriding existing laws to deal with any unrest. One was already in place but parliament had not met to ratify the declaration as required, and Wickremesinghe extended it from Monday…

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