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- Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday signed his resignation letter, dated for July 13

- Speaker will make a public announcement tomorrow ending Gotabaya Rajapaksa's presidency

- Rajapaksa was still in the country and was protected by the Armed Forces

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday signed his resignation letter, dated for July 13 and the Speaker of Parliament will publicly announce it to the nation tomorrow, the Daily Mirror learns.

The resignation letter of the President was signed and handed over to a senior government official who will hand it over to the Parliament Speaker.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena who has been informed of the letter will then make a public announcement tomorrow ending Gotabaya Rajapaksa's presidency.

Speculation was rife yesterday that Rajapaksa had already left the island last afternoon, however, these reports were rejected by senior sources close to the President who confirmed to Daily Mirror that Rajapaksa was still in the country and was protected by the Armed Forces.

Just before the July 9 riots, President Rajapaksa was evacuated from the President's House in Fort by the security forces and was protected on a naval vessel within the territorial waters of the country for security reasons.

However, sources close to him said that Rajapaksa physically met commanders of the tri forces yesterday morning at 9.30 am and thereafter remains in the country. His exact whereabouts in the country is unknown but he is likely to leave the country this week, paving way for a new President to be sworn in and an All Party government to be formed.

On Wedneday Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will for a temporary period be sworn in as the President till a new President is selected by Parliament on July 20. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena in a statement said party leaders had decided to elect a new President on July 20 through a vote in Parliament in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Nominations for the presidency will be called for on July 19.

So far the two confirmed candidates are the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa who yesterday already informed that he is ready to rebuild Sri Lanka's economy. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


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  • Saman Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:32 AM

    Jaya veva! This moment will be written in the history books of SL.

    Amaran Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:33 AM

    Sir, I would like to THANK YOU for all the initiative you took to solve the Covid19 pandemic in Sri Lanka.

    Kumara Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:50 AM

    Sajith runs for presidency again? Oh no, no way

    NightOwl Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:52 AM

    So finally RW is becoming the president for few days at the cost of his own residence. Choosing a president on 20th will be a major ha hoo...

    Radika Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:59 AM

    We are the champions. End of Rajapaksha's curse. Aragalayata Jaya wewa!!!!!

    Mandayan Tuesday, 12 July 2022 06:52 PM

    Ranil will be chosen as all SLPP, TNA, CWC supports plus his own are with him while Sajith can’t secure necessary votes.

    Sattar Munaffer Tuesday, 12 July 2022 08:00 PM

    I can see another failed President is gonna be elected if Sajith being selected

    Sam Alexander Tuesday, 12 July 2022 08:37 PM

    Thank you Nondisena for all the thrill and suspense you provided to entertain us!

    valentine Wanniarachchi Tuesday, 12 July 2022 09:18 PM

    Very sad departure,A honest man lost his place.He worked lot to eliminate LTTE as defense sec. Developed Colombo and suburbs.Dear Sir we salute for your precious work done for SL .Wish you all the best for your future !

    Sen Wednesday, 13 July 2022 05:30 AM

    Many loved him so much at the beginning but his eagerness to allow dual citizens enter local administration, bring condemned crook, brother Basil to cabinet made suspicions among civilians and again his actions towards gas blasts,suger and cooking oil blunders,fuel shortages distance him from people

    Rafeekulla Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:14 AM

    Even if he goes anywhere globally how to face people if he distroyes hhis own country how to truct him


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