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Sri Lankan president withdraws security and transport for Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena has ordered Ranil Wickremeinsghe’s security detail and transport vehicles to be taken away, according to reports from Colombo.

Current finance minister Mangala Samaraweera, who backs Wickremesinghe's UNP, confirmed that the order to remove vehicles and security detail had been given by the Sri Lankan president earlier today.

One of the leaders of the Joint Opposition Wimal Weerawamsa further added whilst speaking to press, that Ranil will be expected to vacate his Temple Trees residency by 8am on Sunday. 

The calls came as Ranil Wickremesinghe told press that he was still prime minister and could prove it by commanding a majority in parliament.

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