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Emergency Curbs Protests as Sri Lanka Awaits New President

  • Nominations due Tuesday with parliament voting Wednesday
  • Protesters seeking Wickremesinghe’s exit also with Rajapaksa
A protest near Presidential secretariat in Colombo on July 17.
A protest near Presidential secretariat in Colombo on July 17.Photographer: Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images
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Sri Lanka will this week elect a new president, who would need the support of both lawmakers and protesters in order to pull the bankrupt country out of its worst economic crisis.

Legislators in the 225-seat parliament will on Tuesday submit nominations for the post, left vacant after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to Singapore and resigned. Voting is due Wednesday, with Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe among the top contenders for the job, together with the leader of the main opposition, Sajith Premadasa.