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Sri Lanka’s President Resigns After Fleeing The Country

Sri Lanka’s President Resigns After Fleeing The Country

Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, officially resigned on Friday morning following months of protests.

The formal announcement of Rajapaksa’s resignation was made in a televised address by the Speaker of Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Rajapaksa emailed his resignation from Singapore after he fled the country under the cover of darkness, initially to the Maldives.

The former leader fled the country in a military plane after his presidential palace and offices were stormed by protesters last weekend.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been sworn in as the country’s interim president.

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the interim president shortly after Rajapaksa’s resignation was formalised, as per the constitution.

He will remain, president, until a vote is held by MPs in parliament and a new president is confirmed.

The vote will take place next week with Wickremesinghe as the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party candidate.

The fall of Rajapaksa as president follows months of sustained protests calling for him to step down, with many Sri Lankans blaming him for driving the country into its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.

Sri Lanka is experiencing severe shortages of fuel, food and medicines.

Rajapaksa is currently in the city-state of Singapore, where he fled to on Wednesday, via the Maldives.

His resignation letter was sent late on Thursday night, first via email and then the original dispatched on a diplomatic flight.

The formal announcement was delayed until Friday while the speaker’s office verified the letter.

Reports suggest that Rajapaksa decided to resign from abroad so that he could use his presidential immunity to leave Sri Lanka without being arrested.

More: The Guardian

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17 Comments

Chichi Bae 3 weeks ago

Why cant we do this in Zim???


panorohwa munhu 3 weeks ago

aka mama

ChiChi Bae 3 weeks ago

How about nzara nemaArmed robberies amaakuita cant you see murikupedzera nhamo dzenyu pasiriripo. your government has failed ypu but you cant admit.

Mukadota 3 weeks ago

SADAM WAENDA SARE BHOBHO


inini 4ox 3 weeks ago

aripo varikugona kutonga saka vanogoendepi


Da Truth 3 weeks ago

2030 ndenge ndichiko🆘🇿🇼🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒

Kacha Kacha 3 weeks ago

Time good bye


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 weeks ago

Why do you wait to be humiliated, swallow pride and tell your nation i have failed...


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Gwedu 3 weeks ago

This is how kakistocratic regimes always falls


ZIMBA🇿🇼OG 3 weeks ago

peaceful transfer of power without a blood shed , thank you Sri Lanka .


Muntuza 3 weeks ago

That scenario is loading right at our neighbour's door step, Ramaphosa has been given 48 hours to leave like a good boy. Its a blessing to get such lessons coming from our horizon during the time of need


Laylow 3 weeks ago

To us that will happen naturally...... No plans needed


Hon Kasukuwere S 3 weeks ago

ED will flee to his mother land Zambia.


Yellow 3 weeks ago

ED should just be man enough to throw in the towel and say l have failed, its not a crime to resign but it only becomes a crime when someone keeps on presiding over a nose-diving economy


Anonymous 3 weeks ago

Inga wani mugabe resigned, zvingoriko kuno izvi


CDE 3 weeks ago

aaaaaaah kkkkk zvekumanikidzwa


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