Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation got accepted
The resignation of President Sri Lanka was accepted, the chairman of the crisis-stricken country said on Friday after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country earlier this week and announced his resignation from Singapore. “Gotabaya has legally resigned,” Mahinda Yapa Abeywaldana told reporters Thursday. “I accepted my resignation.”
Under the Sri Lankan Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (who is also required to resign by protesters) will automatically take office as deputy president until Congress can elect a member of parliament to replace Rajapaksa. Parliament will be convened on Saturday, Abbey Wardana told reporters at his house. “I hope to complete the process of electing a new president within seven days,” he said. “I seek the cooperation of all involved to meet the constitutional requirements.”
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on Thursday night after fleeing a troubled island nation to the Maldives two days ago. Rajapaksa, his wife Ioma, and two bodyguards are boarding Saudia’s SV788 flight from Male departing at 11:30 am local time (12: 00 IST), according to AFP news outlets. I did. The flight landed at Singapore Changi Airport at 19:17 local time (16:47 IST).
According to Sri Lankan security sources, the president, who missed his resignation deadline on Wednesday and faces further uncertainty in Sri Lanka, is expected to stay in Singapore for some time. Upon leaving the Maldives, Rajapaksa faced protests from local Sri Lankans asking the Maldivian government not to protect “criminals.”
The country’s main opposition, the Progressive Party of Maldives, also refused to allow Rajapaksa to pass freely. “We are betraying our friends in Sri Lanka by accepting Rajapaksa, a hated person in the country,” the PPM leader told AFP Wednesday.
The day after fleeing Sri Lanka, the shameful President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew from the Maldives to Singapore, saying that the government was “allowed to enter” on a “private visit” and later announced the resignation of a Sri Lankan speaker. A spokesman for the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the arrival of Rajapaksa and said: that Singapore usually does not allow asylum applications. “
Singapore police urged the general public and visitors to “comply with local law” and warned that “action will be taken against those attending illegal rallies.”
A statement by Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abbey Waldena confirmed that Gotabaya had emailed his resignation.
In local Colombo, anti-Gotabaya protesters who had requested the resignation and the resignation of Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe evacuated from the occupied government building after killing their hearts on July 9. I started to do it. In the afternoon, when Sri Lanka Air Force and Army security personnel regained control of the building, protesters rushed from a white two-story mansion in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on Flower Road.
Seven hours ago, protesters announced that they would peacefully withdraw from Cheong Wa Dae, the Prime Minister’s Office, Temple Tree, and the Prime Minister’s Office. However, they said they would continue to occupy the front lines of the Presidential Secretariat / Old Parliament and Galle Face Green to continue the battle called “Aragaria.” Protesters at GotaGoGama said they wouldn’t give up until their demands were met. Around noon, the curfew was re-imposed in Colombo until Friday morning.
The streets were quiet and attendance at the protest site was relatively low. In the morning, protesters said it was also a business day, as opposed to the holiday of July 13. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan media reported that Gotabaya’s brothers, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, had informed the Supreme Court that they would not leave the country until a complaint was filed against them on Friday.
When Indian Express visited the PMO in the afternoon, a few protesters were on the site shortly after the protesters announced that they would leave the site. At the entrance and in several places, “This is public property. It needs to be protected.”
“We don’t have to rob a building … people have the power to rob a building,” said Sanka Jayasekele, 28, a protester during the day and an insurance company’s asset management company at night. … It was a symbolic move. The points are clear and will be cleared by tonight. ”
Gehan Melroy, 30, a mechanical engineering graduate at the presidential residence the day before, wore a black T-shirt with a clenched fist logo and the slogan “No victory without fighting.” .., “We are not terrorists … we want to show people that we are not here to damage public property.”
Inside the building, a staircase lined with red carpet leads to the first floor, where the Prime Minister’s Office is located. A leather armchair and a large desk with two Sri Lankan flags and a golden coat of arms attracted everyone’s attention. Under the supervision of three Sri Lankan soldiers standing in the room, protesters took turns entering the air-conditioned room, sitting in chairs, taking pictures, and then leaving.
At the Prime Minister’s table, there was a leaflet detailing the protester’s request, and someone skimmed it. Note … (phrase) and act accordingly.” Requests include resignations of the Prime Minister and President, as well as government officials, including the Cabinet, as well as members of parliament.
At the far end of the room were 11 brown wooden chairs with beige upholstery and a brown wooden table with a glass top. One of the volunteers cleaned and placed the chairs before returning the property to the government. Buddhist batik paintings were displayed on the walls, and a nearly life-sized white Buddha statue stood in the back of the room.
One of the protesters, a school teacher, Nirka Nadisan, 25, brewed freshly brewed coffee in the pantry. According to her, we don’t want to damage these buildings, but we want to empower people by building them.”
From the balcony on the ground floor overlooking the lawn, I saw Sri Lankan guards fixing the perimeter of the building.
The president told Sri Lanka’s Speaker of Parliament that he would resign by Wednesday night to pave the way for new leaders, but that didn’t happen and the appointment of Sri Lanka’s close ally, Wickremesinghe, was seen. Held by the Rajapaksa Clan-Deputy President.
This decision sparked further protests in Sri Lanka. Protesters demanded that both Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe, the six former prime ministers who wanted to lead the country out of this turmoil, resign.
edited and proofread by nikita sharma