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Sri Lanka Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenaon officially announces Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s quits, new Prez within 7 Days

By Priyanka Verma 
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Sri Lanka: On Friday morning, a big announcement given by Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenaon. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenaon formally announced the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, after a week of dramatic developments and massive protests against the government.

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Sri Lanka prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday night emailed his resignation letter to the Speaker, soon after arriving in Singapore from the Maldives. Singapore’s foreign ministry said Rajapaksa had entered the country on a private visit, and had not sought or been granted asylum. On Friday morning, In a brief media statement, Sri Lanka Speaker said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will act as President until a new leader is elected. He also urged the public to allow a peaceful environment for all lawmakers to take part in the process which should finish within 7 days.

The Sri Lankan Parliament will meet on Saturday.He is the first president to resign since Sri Lanka adopted a presidential system of government in 1978. On Saturday, Rajapaksa had announced to step down on July 13 after thousands of protesters stormed his official residence, blaming him for the unprecedented economic crisis that has brought the country to its knees.

However, he fled to the Maldives without resigning from his office. From Maldives, he went to Singapore on Thursday. On Wednesday, Rajapaksa’s decision to make his ally Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe the acting president triggered more protests, with demonstrators storming parliament and the premier’s office demanding that he quit too.The government imposed a curfew in Colombo from noon on Thursday to early morning on Friday in a bid to prevent further unrest. Local media showed armoured vehicles with soldiers atop patrolling the city’s streets.

Protests against the economic crisis have simmered for months and came to a head last weekend when hundreds of thousands of people took over government buildings in Colombo, blaming the Rajapaksa family and allies for runaway inflation, shortages of basic goods, and corruption. Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is under the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil, the worst in seven decades, leaving millions struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other essentials. In several major cities, including Colombo, hundreds are forced to stand in line for hours to buy fuel, sometimes clashing with police and the military as they wait.

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