President’s resignation accepted, Sri Lankan Speaker

ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Alliance News): The parliamentary speaker of the crisis-hit peninsula country of Sri Lanka has announced that the president’s resignation has been accepted.

According to foreign media, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakse fled the country earlier this week and said that he was resigning.

Gotabaya Rajapakse, once known as ‘The Terminator’ for his brutal crackdown on Tamil rebels, officially announced his resignation after assuming the executive presidency in 1978. The first is the president.

He emailed his resignation after moving to Singapore from the Maldives, having initially fled Sri Lanka to the Maldives after protesters stormed his palace during protests in the country.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told reporters that Gotabaya Rajapakse has legally resigned, effective Thursday, and I have accepted the resignation.

Under Sri Lanka’s constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will automatically become acting president until parliament elects a member of parliament to fill the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapakse’s term, while protesters have called for the prime minister to step down. is being done.

Speaking at his residence, the Sri Lankan Speaker told reporters that the Legislative Assembly session will be convened on Saturday and it is hoped that the election process will be completed within 7 days.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s departure comes after months of protests across the country, which his critics blame for his mismanagement of the peninsula nation’s economic crisis and collapse of the economy, which has left more than 20 million people unemployed. Reading people facing serious difficulties.

Citizens celebrated yesterday after the Sri Lankan president’s resignation was accepted. Only a few hundred people were present to celebrate the momentous historic occasion, many involved in the protest movement over the previous days’ tear gas shelling and security. They were exhausted after a tense encounter with the forces.

A ‘Private Tour’ of Singapore
Gotabaya Rajapakse, his wife and two of their bodyguards arrived in Singapore from the Maldives on a Saudi Airlines flight.

As president, Gotabaya Rajapakse enjoyed immunity from arrest and is believed to have wanted to go abroad before leaving office to avoid the risk of being detained.

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is believed to have played a behind-the-scenes role in forcing him out of the country, and Gotabaya Rajapaksa is said to have feared he would be killed if he remained in the country.

Mohammad Nasheed tweeted that I am sure the Sri Lankan President would not have resigned if he was in the country.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Gotabaya Rajapakse had been granted permission to enter the country on a private visit, that he had not sought asylum and had not been granted asylum.

According to Sri Lankan security sources, he is expected to stay in Singapore for some time before possibly moving to the UAE.

A deepening economic crisis led Sri Lanka to default on its $51 billion foreign debt in April and is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about a possible bailout.

However, political upheaval and uncertainty have stalled the talks, with an IMF spokesperson saying yesterday that it was hoped the unrest would end soon so that talks could resume.

There is a severe shortage of petrol in the country while the government has ordered to minimize travel and close non-essential offices and schools to save fuel.

The protesters left the occupation
Protesters vacated several state buildings they had occupied in recent days in Colombo after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered security forces to restore law and order and impose a state of emergency.

Witnesses saw dozens of protesters leaving Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office as armed police and security forces entered.

A curfew was imposed in the capital and security personnel were patrolling various areas.

After the Prime Minister fled and his security guards retreated, the Prime Minister’s office was opened to the public and was visited by millions of people.


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