President’s messages only through Speaker

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will be resigning, as previously announced, the Prime Minister’s office confirmed yesterday.

However, the Presidential Secretariat said that all messages issued by President Rajapaksa will be released by the Speaker after the President provides him with information.

As a result, the Secretariat requested that only announcements made by the Speaker be regarded as official announcements made by the President.

Following the people’s mass protest on 9 July, the President’s decision on resigning on 13 July was also announced by the Speaker on 9 July. The President also informed the Speaker that he will respect any decision made at the Party Leaders meeting on 9 July. Accordingly, so far, the Speaker has been issuing statements from the President regarding his decisions and other current affairs.