Sri Lanka soldiers authorized to use necessary force to prevent destruction: Army

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Sri Lankan soldiers had been authorized to use necessary force to prevent destruction of property and life, the country’s army said in a statement on Thursday.

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The country's main city, Colombo, was calm on Thursday as people waited for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, although a curfew was imposed and troops patrolled the streets to prevent any outbreak of violence.

Rajapaksa, who fled to the Maldives on Wednesday to escape a popular uprising over his family’s role in a crippling economic crisis, was on his way to Singapore, according to a Sri Lankan government source.

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