Sri Lanka Rajapaksa fails to resign despite repeated promises | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa failed to resign on Wednesday as promised three times after fleeing the country in an Air Force flight following thousands of youth-led protesters stormed into his Presidential Palace over the weekend.

When the protesters stormed in on Saturday (09), he had already fled his official residence. He, through Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, on the same day announced, will resign on July 13 in a move to deescalate the anger.

On Monday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office said Rajapaksa has confirmed the July 13 resignation while on Wednesday (13), the Speaker said the president has once again confirmed to quit as promised.

However, Rajapaksa did not resign on July 13 as promised while he was on the run to a safer area amid Sri Lankan migrants in other countries who had also been backing the protests.

“It is 00:00 which means that Gotabaya Rajapaksa lied. The Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament lied. Prime Minister… lied that the letter of resignation will be received before the end of 13 July,” opposition legislator Harsha de Silva tweeted.

“Actions of you people will lead to bloodshed and the end of democracy in Sri Lanka.”

The delay in Rajapaksa’s designation has resulted in a slight rise in agitation and some of the protesters have started to behave violently.

Rajapaksa along with his wife Ioma Rajapaksa and two personal security guards left in an Air Force flight to Male from Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport.

Government sources have said Rajapaksa had conveyed that the letter of resignation will be given to the Speaker only after he reached a safer place. The sources said he was expected to reach the final destination at 08.00 pm on Wednesday.

However, Rajapaksa had asked the Maldivian authorities for an aircraft instead of going on the scheduled commercial flight. fearing backlashes. The war winning defence secretary is planning to leave for Singapore on Wednesday, sources said.  (Colombo/July 14/2022)

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