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Sri Lanka PM Wickremesinghe sworn in as interim president after prez Rajapaksa resigns

By Priyanka Verma 
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Sri Lanka: A big announcement was made after the resignation of the President of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Friday as interim president until Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s successor is elected. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement, Chief Justice Jayanta Jayasuriya administered the oath of office to Wickremesinghe (73) as the acting President of Sri Lanka. On Thursday night, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa finally resigned from his post. This was officially announced by the Speaker of Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abhaywardene on Friday morning.

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Rajapaksa has resigned two days after leaving the country amid growing public outcry against himself and his family for not handling the bankrupt country’s economy. Rajapaksa, 73, sent his resignation letter to the speaker of parliament via email soon after he was allowed to visit Singapore on a “private visit” on Thursday evening.

Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Abhaywardene made an official announcement of their stepping down on Friday morning after confirming the credibility of Rajapaksa’s resignation letter. “I have received the resignation letter sent by President Rajapaksa. Accordingly, the President has resigned, with effect from July 14. The Speaker said in a brief statement that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold the charge of interim President until the process of electing a new President is completed by the Parliament. “

He further said that I request leaders of all parties, government officials and security officials to cooperate. I humbly request the public to create such a peaceful environment in which all MPs can work freely according to their conscience. 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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