Sri Lanka’s president confirms his resignation from office

Demonstration in Colombo to call for the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – Scott Bailey/AAP/dpa

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirmed early Monday to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will resign, as he had previously announced.

As agreed by the Sri Lankan political forces, after the resignation, Rajapaksa becomes the President of the Parliament who assumes the head of state – according to the Constitution – and for a period of 30 days in which the Parliament will elect a new president, as reported by ‘Voice of Sri Lanka’.

The popular revolution that has broken out this Saturday in Sri Lanka has forced the resignation of Rajapaksa, who has announced that he is leaving office after yielding to pressure from multiple fronts from the country’s political formations and civil associations for his inability to tackle the most serious economic crisis in the nation’s history.

Rajapaksa thus gives in after months of protests over the lack of food and fuel that have finally led to widespread criticism against the president, accused of corruption and nepotism by placing his brother Mahinda as prime minister until he was finally forced to force his resignation in May, again due to popular pressure.

Mahinda’s successor, Ranil Wickremesinghe, former rival of Rajapaksa and the last option of the president to solve the crisis, resigned hours before to give way to a concentration government whose main function will be to call new elections.

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