Dhaka July 15 2022 :
PM Wickremesinghe sworn in as acting president; Parliament to be meet tomorrow.
Though Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had announced curfews, jubilant crowds gathered on the roads to celebrate President Gotabaya’s resignation.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the interim president of Sri Lanka hours after the Speaker accepted the resignation sent in by embattled ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Speaker said that the Parliament will meet on Saturday and the new President will be elected within seven days as per provisions of the Constitution, the Daily Mirror Lanka reported quoting Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. The newly-elected president is likely to appoint a new prime minister, who would then have to be approved by Parliament.
Protesters who had stormed government buildings, including the President’s residence and PM’s office, in the past week, vacated them on Thursday, saying they did not want to damage public property. Following this, Sri Lankan military troops moved in to reinforce security.
After days of uncertainty, Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday night emailed the resignation that demonstrators have sought for months. Gotabaya, who is currently in Singapore, fled Sri Lanka with his wife and stayed in Male, Maldives for a day before he travelled to Singapore.
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