Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign, informs PM

Rajapaksa informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will be resigning as previously announced

ANIUpdated: Monday, July 11, 2022, 09:51 AM IST
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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will resign | Photo by Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially informed Prime Minister M Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will be resigning on July 13 as previously announced, said Sri Lanka PM's office.

Rajapaksa fled from the country as the anti-government protestors took over the presidential residence in olombo on July 9, Saturday. The Sri Lankan police had fired tear gas on the mob shortly before the news of his fleeing was reported.

Rajapaksa's location remains unknown while the protestors have occupied the president and prime minister's administrative buildings and official residences. The protestors said they will continue to do so until they both resign.

Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is under the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil, the worst in seven decades, crippled by an acute shortage of foreign exchange that has left it struggling to pay for essential imports of fuel, and other essentials.

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