Speaker after Rajapaksa resigns: New Lanka President within 7 days

Since Sri Lanka adopted a presidential form of administration in 1978, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the first head of state to step down.

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The parliamentary speaker said on Friday that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation has been accepted after the leader left the nation earlier this week. Sri Lanka would have a new leader in place within seven days, the speaker added.

Rajapaksa informed the speaker from Singapore that he was resigning, and with effect from Thursday, “Gotabaya has lawfully resigned,” Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana told reporters.

After fleeing to Singapore to avoid anti-government rallies sparked by his country’s severe economic crisis, Sri Lankans had been waiting for a formal announcement stating the president had resigned.

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa handed in his resignation late on Thursday after travelling from the Maldives to Singapore, where he had initially sought refuge when protesters overran his palace over the weekend.

After months of demonstrations against Rajapaksa, who critics claimed had mismanaged the island nation’s economy and caused great suffering for its 22 million residents, Rajapaksa finally resigned.

Rajapaksa is the first head of state to vacate office since Sri Lanka adopted the presidential form of administration in 1978.