Sri Lanka MPs to elect new president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa officially resigns

The Guardian

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Protesters cheer and shout slogans after the resignation of Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Photograph: Chamila Karunarathne/EPA

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially resigned, the parliamentary speaker confirmed, after a dramatic week which saw the beleaguered leader flee the country after his presidential palace and offices were stormed by protesters.

The formal announcement of Rajapaksa’s resignation was made in a televised address by the speaker, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, on Friday morning.

Rajapaksa is currently in Singapore, where he fled to on Wednesday, via the Maldives. His resignation letter was sent late on Thursday night, first via email and then the original dispatched on a diplomatic flight, but the formal announcement was delayed until Friday while the speakers’ office verified the letter.

Publish : 2022-07-15 13:00:00

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