Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa resigns

The residence of the head of state was seized by protesters on July 9. After that, he left the country and sent his resignation letter by email. And about. Prime Minister Wikramasinghe became President />

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa officially resigned from July 14, Speaker of the Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeiwardena told reporters, local Newsfirst reported.

The speaker said that Rajapaksa left his post on legal grounds, according to the provisions of the Sri Lankan Constitution, the representative of the parliament received the letter of resignation from the head of state. Earlier, Reuters, citing a source, clarified that the President, who left Sri Lanka, sent this statement by e-mail.

Until the election of a new head of state, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe performs his duties. In fact, he has been doing this since July 13, after the announcement of his departure from the country of Rajapaksa appeared.

Abeywardena promised that the elections would be held transparently and in accordance with constitutional and democratic norms.

Protests in Sri Lanka began in the spring due to economic problems. On July 9, protesters occupied the official residence of Rajapaksa and set fire to the private house of Wickramasinghe. Local media reported that at least 45 protesters were injured.

Rajapaksa and Wikramasinghe agreed to leave their posts. In addition to them, five ministers also decided to resign: agriculture— Mahinda Amarawira, Tourism— Harin Fernando, labor— Manush Nanayakkara, Transport— Bandula Gunawardan and Investment Promotion— Damika Perera.

On July 12, AFP reported that the man who left the captured Rajapaksa residence and his wife flew to the Maldives. Became acting President Wickramasinghe declared a state of emergency and curfew in Sri Lanka amid ongoing protests.

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