Sri Lankan president to resign

International Business News  –  Sri Lanka’s Speaker’s Office confirmed on the evening of the 9th that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had informed Speaker Abeywardena that he would resign on the 13th of this month.

Sri Lankan media quoted Abeywardena that night to report that Rajapaksa would resign on the 13th.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement earlier in the day saying that Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is willing to resign in order to facilitate the formation of a new government involving all parties. Wickremesinghe later said on social media that he would resign.

Protests broke out in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on the 9th. More than 30 people were injured during the protests, according to local media. That afternoon, Wickremesinghe called for an emergency party meeting to discuss the current situation and find a solution. According to opposition lawmaker De Silva on social media, most party leaders demanded the immediate resignation of the president and prime minister and the formation of an interim government involving all parties as soon as possible.