Sri Lanka: President to convene parliament on Saturday and begin process to appoint new president

Aftermath of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sent in his resignation By email, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, officially confirmed on Friday that he had received the letter of resignation from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and that he intended to complete the legislative process to elect a new president within 7 next days.

He said he intended to convene the Sri Lankan Parliament on Saturday July 16 to begin the parliamentary process of nominating a new president.

For now, he said that according to the Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will serve as interim president until a new president is appointed.

On Thursday evening, when he received the email, a statement released by Abeywardena’s office said: “The President wishes to advise that an official statement on this matter will be made tomorrow (Friday) after the verification process and legal formalities.

On Friday morning, Abeywardena said, “My intention is to conduct the necessary parliamentary business to elect a new president in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution as soon as possible. I call on all party leaders to lend their support to this end.

The President also called on all political parties and Parliament to maintain democracy during this period.

A day after fleeing Sri Lanka, disgraced President Rajapaksa flew from the Maldives to Singapore, where the government said he had been ‘cleared to enter’ on a ‘private visit’ – and then tendered his resignation to the President of Lanka.

Confirming Rajapaksa’s arrival, Singapore’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: “He has not applied for asylum nor has he been granted asylum. Singapore does not generally accept asylum applications.

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