Sri Lankan president resigned by electronic mail – media — RT World Information

Gotabaya Rajapaksa reportedly resigned as president of Sri Lanka on Thursday, stepping down after months of protests towards his rule and having fled the nation a day earlier. Rajapaksa oversaw the destruction of Sri Lanka’s agricultural economic system and leaves behind a rustic wracked by inflation and political instability. 

The now former president arrived in Singapore on Thursday morning, after leaving Sri Lanka on a navy jet to the Maldives a day earlier. His letter of resignation, which was initially scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday, was emailed to the speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament shortly after his arrival in Singapore, a number of media retailers reported.

Rajapaksa had been prevented from leaving his nation by airport workers earlier this week earlier than he made his escape aboard a navy airplane. It’s extensively believed that he had sought to depart Sri Lanka earlier than resigning so as to keep away from the opportunity of detention as soon as his presidential powers expire and he’s now not proof against arrest.

The federal government of Singapore has stated that Rajapaksa is within the city-state on a “non-public go to” and has not utilized for asylum.

Underneath Rajapaksa’s management, Sri Lanka was pushed to chapter, defaulting on its international mortgage money owed in Might and introducing gasoline rationing earlier this month. The financial turmoil has been blamed on a lack of tourism income because of the coronavirus pandemic and a climate-motivated ban on chemical fertilizers that halved the nation’s agricultural output in a matter of months.

Rajapaksa’s authorities tried to tame rising prices by printing more cash, an strategy that additional accelerated inflation. Concurrently, tax cuts disadvantaged Sri Lanka of significant income wanted to import meals, gasoline, and medication.

After months of demonstrations and cupboard reshuffling, the protest motion towards Rajapaksa got here to a head final week when a mob of protesters stormed the president’s residence, prompting the navy to whisk him away to security. Protesters have additionally demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. His home was set on fireplace over the weekend.

Wickremesinghe has been made appearing president, whereas protesters have since been dispersed by police from his and Rajapaksa’s residences. Native media states that opposition events will identify their candidate to interchange Wickremesinghe as PM on Friday, whereas a caretaker authorities will run the nation till recent elections are known as. 

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