Sri Lankan president confirms his resignation after protests

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office reported Sunday that Gotabaya President Rajapaksa will step down on July 13.


Sri Lankan political parties to form transitional government

Rajapaksa had announced his resignation hours after thousands of protesters stormed the presidential residence in the country’s capital, Colombo, on Saturday.

According to government sources, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will convene an urgent cabinet meeting for Monday and meet with the country’s political leaders to discuss a peaceful transition.

Wickremesinghe also agreed to resign after party leaders urged him to leave his posts as protesters stormed the presidential residence and office.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party, the United People’s Power (PPU), said it had held extensive internal discussions on the political and economic situation in the country.

The leaders of the political parties with parliamentary representation are scheduled to meet on July 11 to discuss the call for the House of Representatives and hand over power to the new government after President Rajapaksa resigns next Wednesday.

Sri Lanka is experiencing the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948, which has caused shortages of food, fuel and other essential goods.

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