President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation official

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially resigned as Sri Lanka’s President.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena made the announcement at a media briefing earlier this morning.

He added that the process of electing a new president will commence immediately.

President Rajapaksa emailed his letter of resignation to the Speaker late on Thursday, hours after fleeing to Singapore following mass protests in Sri Lanka over an economic meltdown.