On Monday, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa signed his resignation letter, which was dated July 13. The document will be sent to the speaker of Parliament, who will make a public statement about the resignation on Wednesday.
The resignation letter of the President has been signed, and it has been sent to an official high up in the administration, who has been instructed to give it to the Speaker of Parliament. According to reports from Daily Mirror, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, who has been briefed on the contents of the letter, would then make a public declaration tomorrow about the termination of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s presidency.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will take the oath of office as President of Sri Lanka until a new President is chosen by Parliament on July 20. During this interim time, he will be sworn in as President. In a statement, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena stated that party leaders had resolved to pick a new President on July 20 by a vote in Parliament in line with the requirements of the Constitution. He added that the voting will take place in accordance with the Constitution.
On July 19, we will begin accepting nominations for president of the organisation.
The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa have been confirmed as candidates so far. Yesterday, Sajith Premadasa said that he is ready to restore Sri Lanka’s economy, making him the second confirmed contender.
There were reports earlier that the President of Sri Lanka had left the country and was hiding out in a third nation when he really just announced his resignation on Saturday.
On Monday, the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, provided clarification that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is still present in the nation. It was verified by individuals with close ties to the President that Rajapaksha was under the protection of the Armed Forces.
Aboard July 9, just before a throng invaded the president’s mansion, Rajapaksa was rescued by the security forces from the President’s House in Fort and safeguarded on a navy vessel inside the territorial seas of the country for grounds of national security.
According to sources close to him, however, Rajapaksa personally met leaders of the tri forces yesterday morning at 9:30 am and has been in the country since then. It is uncertain where exactly he is located in the nation at this time; however, it is expected that he will depart the country by the end of this week. This would clear the way for a new president to be inaugurated and for an all-party administration to be established.
Earlier on Saturday, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena made the announcement that the President would step down from his position on July 13 at a news conference.
The resignation of President Rajapaksa was prompted by the invasion of the President’s House in Fort on Saturday by thousands of protesters. The captivating images originated from the Prime Minister’s official house, where the individuals were seen resting on the couch, playing carrom board, having fun on the park’s grounds, and preparing food for supper.
Amidst the current demonstrations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made the announcement that he would resign from his positions. On the other hand, the protestors who have taken over the homes of the President and the Prime Minister have made it plain that they would remain in their current locations until both of them retire from their respective positions.
The country’s worsening economic situation has led to an increase in tensions, and over the past few weeks, there have been reports of several confrontations between individuals and members of the police force and the military services at filling stations. At these stations, thousands of members of the public have been waiting in line for hours or even days in an attempt to get their hands on some fuel. The reports of these confrontations have led to increased tensions.
The current economic crisis that Sri Lanka is going through is the worst that the country has experienced since it gained its independence in 1948. This crisis, which follows on the heels of successive waves of COVID-19, is threatening to undo years of development progress and severely undermining the country’s ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).