The Speaker of Parliament will officially announce the resignation of the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after signing his resignation letter. The resignation has been written and handed over to a senior government official who will present it to the speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, according to reports in Sri Lankan newspapers. Just before tens of thousands of protesters stormed the President’s house, Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled.
- After months of demonstrations against an economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa traveled to the Maldives, prompting Sri Lanka to declare a state of emergency as large-scale riots swept Colombo.
- Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed the prime minister Wickremesinghe act as interim president during his absence, according to the announcement by the speaker of the parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
- Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled his headquarters in Colombo just before tens of thousands of protesters overran him, had pledged over the weekend to step down and pave the way for a peaceful transfer of power.
- Rajapaksa is said to want to leave Sri Lanka before resigning to avoid the risk of arrest as he is President and therefore immune to arrest.