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Sri Lanka president’s resignation accepted: parliamentary speaker

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in Singapore after fleeing Sri Lanka.

COLOMBO: The resignation of Sri Lanka’s president has been accepted, the crisis-hit nation’s parliamentary speaker introduced Friday, after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the nation earlier this week and notified him from Singapore that he was stepping down.

“Gotabaya has legally resigned” with impact from Thursday, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana instructed reporters.

“I’ve accepted the resignation.”

Protestors gather at presidential secretariat in Colombo on July 14, 2022. Sri Lanka´s president submitted his resignation shortly after reaching Singapore on July 14, the parliamentary speaker´s office said, days after the head of state fled protests triggered by his country´s worst-ever economic crisis. -AFP
Protestors collect at presidential secretariat in Colombo on July 14, 2022. Sri Lanka´s president submitted his resignation shortly after reaching Singapore on July 14, the parliamentary speaker´s workplace stated, days after the pinnacle of state fled protests triggered by his nation´s worst-ever financial disaster. -AFP   

Beneath Sri Lanka’s structure, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe — whose departure can be being demanded by protesters — will mechanically turn out to be appearing president till parliament can elect an MP to succeed Rajapaksa for the remainder of his time period.

The legislature can be summoned on Saturday, Abeywardana instructed reporters at his residence.

“I hope to finish the method of electing a brand new president inside seven days,” he stated. “I search the cooperation of all involved to finish the constitutional necessities.”

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