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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has resigned in a letter to Parliament. The president has since arrived in Singapore after fleeing to the Maldives with his wife on Wednesday with his wife.
His spokesperson confirmed that the Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker had received Rajapaksa’s resignation. The chairman will assess the veracity of the letter and is expected to formally announce the president’s resignation Friday morning.
The question is whether Rajapaksa can stay in Singapore. The sources say against the BBC The Singapore government is unlikely to want to house a former president who fled the country accused of war crimes.
With his departure, calm returns to the streets of the capital, Colombo. Anti-government protesters are slowly withdrawing from the offices and residences of the president and prime minister, which they have occupied for days. However, protesters continue to press for new leaders for the country, which is beset by major economic problems.
Even the swimming pool in the fugitive president’s official residence was “occupied”:
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According to the protesters, this means that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who has been appointed by Rajapaksa as interim president, should leave the square as soon as possible. Wickremesinghe confirmed today that Parliament will elect a new president on July 20.
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