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Rajapaska officially resigns as Sri Lanka’s president

Post by : Sue Njihia

Mr Rajapaksa quit after fleeing to Singapore amid mass protests over his mismanagement of the economy.protesters flooded the city of Colombo as they celebrated the stepping down of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa .

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that he has accepted the resignation letter send to him via email by Rajapaska.

He has called for parliament to convene on Saturday to start the process of electing a new leader. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as acting president.

The letter gives the PM the power to assume office until a new president is elected.Secondly, it clears obstacles blocking the holding of an election in parliament for a new president.

Thirdly, the resignation means Gotabaya Rajapaksa no longer has legal immunity. Legal immunity, or immunity from prosecution, is a legal status wherein an individual or entity cannot be held liable for a violation of the law.

By Thursday, protesters had handed back the president’s official residence to the authorities.”We captured this building to show people power. We give it back the way we captured it and leave. We will come back in the next minute if needed,”Danil one of the protestors said.

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