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.”
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.”