Sri Lanka defence chief says military, police will respect constitution

General Shavendra Silva calls for calm as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to the Maldives

By Reuters

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Published: Wed 13 Jul 2022, 4:56 PM

Last updated: Wed 13 Jul 2022, 5:35 PM

Sri Lanka's defence chief, General Shavendra Silva, said on Wednesday the armed forces and police would respect the constitution, and called for calm after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives.

"We have requested political leaders to decide the way forward till a new president is sworn in and notify us and the public by this evening," Silva said.

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