Colombo, July 15 (AdaDerana) – Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially stepped down as the President of Sri Lanka effective from July 14, 2022, giving into the months-long nationwide public protests against the government’s mishandling of the economy.
Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced this in a special statement delivered at a media briefing held at his residence this morning.
Last night, the Speaker’s Office said that they have received the letter of resignation from Rajapaksa through the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore.
Upon verifying the authenticity of the letter and finalizing all legal matters, the Speaker made the official announcement on Rajapaksa’s resignation from the presidency today.
Rajapaksa, who had promised to bow out on July 13, had submitted his resignation to the of after landing in Singapore yesterday (July 14).
Pursuant to Article 38 of the Constitution, the Head of State can step down by submitting a resignation letter signed by him to the Speaker of Parliament.
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