During a long-standing political crisis in Sri Lanka former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned and sent an email notification to the Parliamentary Speaker. Reports confirm that the email for the resignation was sent from Singapore. The Speaker’s office had informed that Rajapaksa’s resignation would be confirmed after the due process was completed. Sources have said that it has not yet been confirmed whether the resignation received in the email was considered by the Speaker. It has been confirmed that the Speaker will defer the official announcement of the resignation till Friday.
The Speaker’s Office said on Thursday that the Parliament of Sri Lanka will not meet on Friday since the letter of resignation from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not yet been sent to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. If the Speaker receives President Rajapaksa’s letter of resignation today, the next meeting date would be announced within the next three days, according to the Speaker’s Office.
It was earlier decided that following Rajapaksa’s resignation on July 13. According to an announcement made by Abeywardena on Monday. Moreover, the new president of Sri Lanka would be chosen by parliament on July 20. However, Rajapaksa, 73, named Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister, as acting president. Which was hours after he left the country without quitting as originally stated. Rajapaksa was asked by Abeywardena on Thursday to submit his letter of resignation as soon as feasible. Or else he will look into alternative methods to remove him from office.
As of now, sources have confirmed that President Rajapaksa’s official resignation letter would be flown in from Colombo. Hence, in case he is not physically present himself.