President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has officially resigned: Speaker

Crisis in Sri Lanka: After the President left the nation earlier this week, the Speaker announced that Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation had been accepted.


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country earlier this week, but the speaker of the parliament for Sri Lanka said on Friday that his resignation had been accepted.

Rajapaksa informed the speaker from Singapore that he was stepping down, and as of this Thursday, “Gotabaya has legally resigned,” Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana told reporters.

“I have accepted the resignation”, says Speaker.


According to Sri Lanka’s constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose resignation is also being requested by demonstrators, will immediately assume the role of president until parliament can choose a member of parliament to succeed Rajapaksa for the remaining portion of his tenure.

At his home, Abeywardana informed reporters that the legislature will be called on Saturday.

“I hope to complete the process of electing a new president within seven days,” he said. “I seek the cooperation of all concerned to complete the constitutional requirements.”