Sri Lankan Prime Minister announces his resignation

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced his resignation to make way for newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form a new government.

“I respect democracy, so I resign as prime minister,” Wickremesinghe said in a press statement on Wednesday.

He added that although they are a majority in parliament, the people decided to give power to President Rajapaksa, who won the presidential election, on Sunday.

Deputy Namal Rajapaksa told Anatolia that Wickremesinghe would remain in office until parliamentary elections in March, when the president could legally dissolve parliament.

Sri Lanka’s opposition candidate and former defense minister, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, won the presidential election, which took place with 35 candidates, at 51.68 percent.

Rajapaksa served as Minister of Defense from 2005 to 2015, when his older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa was president.

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