Officially, the Sri Lankan Speaker announces his resignation from President Gotabaya


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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenaon, Parliament Speaker, has officially announced her resignation on Friday. This follows a week of dramatic developments that saw massive protests against the government’s mishandling of the country’s economy, which led to the bankruptcy of the country.

On Thursday, the 73 year-old leader sent his resignation letter to Speaker shortly after he was granted entry by Singapore for a “private visitor”.

Friday morning was Friday when Speaker Abeywardena officially announced that the President had been elected has resigned.

In a brief statement to the media, the Speaker stated that Ranil Wickremesinghe would act as President while a new leader is elected.

He asked the public to create a peaceful environment so that all legislators can participate in the process, which should be completed within seven days. On Saturday, the Sri Lankan Parliament will meet.

The resignation letter was received by the Speaker Through the High Commission in Singapore Thursday night. But, he said he wanted to announce the official announcement after the verification and legal formalities, Indunil Abeywardena, his media secretary, had stated.

Rajapaksa, who was beaten by thousands of protesters at his official residence on Saturday, announced that he would resign on July 13. This has brought the country to its knees.

But he fled to Maldives and remained with his office. On Thursday, he left Maldives for Singapore.

A spokesperson for the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that Rajapaksa had been allowed to enter Singapore as a private visitor.

The spokesperson stated that he has not requested asylum nor been granted asylum. He also said that Singapore does not generally grant asylum requests.

Rajapaksa, a man with an army background, was elected the President of Sri Lanka in 2019.

Sri Lanka, a country with 22 million inhabitants, is experiencing unprecedented economic turmoil. It has seen the worst economic crisis in seven decades. Millions are left struggling to pay for food, fuel and medicine. Many people in large cities, such as Colombo, are forced to queue up for hours to get fuel. They sometimes clash with police and military officers while they wait.

(Only the headline, picture and text of this report could have been modified by Business Standard staff. The rest of the content is generated from a syndicated feed.

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