Sri Lanka Crisis Live Updates Protesters Moving Out Of Government Buildings, Celebrations On Streets After Gotabaya’s Resignation
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is facing a major economic crisis, tendered his resignation on Thursday. After this there is an atmosphere of celebration on the streets of Colombo. The protesters are seeing Gotabaya’s resignation as their victory. Late Thursday night, many people came out on the streets of Colombo and celebrated. During this, firecrackers were burst, people were also seen swinging in fun. On the other hand, the protesters have also started withdrawing from the important government buildings that have been occupied.
Ranil Wickremesinghe to be Acting President
Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhayawardene said Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation has been accepted. Legal process is being followed. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will serve as the caretaker president until a new president is elected,” he said. Parliamentarians have been called tomorrow to elect a new president.
#WATCH , Yes resignation has been accepted, legal process will follow…Members will be invited tomorrow (to elect a President): Sri Lanka Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywarden confirms President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation pic.twitter.com/jLomNW64Cq
— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2022
Gotabaya on private tour: Singapore
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reached Singapore on Thursday amid economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka. Earlier, he had escaped from his country and reached Maldives. On this issue, the Singapore government clarified the position saying that Rajapaksa is here on a private visit, no asylum has been given to him. Singapore’s foreign ministry said it had been confirmed that Rajapaksa had been allowed to enter Singapore on a private visit. He did not make any asylum demand nor has he been granted asylum, the statement said. Singapore generally does not grant asylum requests. Rajapaksa arrived in Saudi Airlines plane SV-788 at 7 pm on Thursday.