Mahinda Rajapaksa Resigns As Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister

Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned this morning as Sri Lanka’s prime minister after a two-month long power tussle in the island nation, local media reported today.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was ousted by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, is set to come as the prime minister after taking oath on Sunday.

President Sirisena has reportedly agreed to reinstate ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe in the post after a discussion with him over the phone on Friday, Colombo Page stated.

Mr. Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) said that it was confirmed during the discussion that he will take oath as the Prime Minister at 10 am on Sunday.

The President resignedWickremesinghe from the post of Prime Minister on October 26 and appointed former president Rajapaksa as the Premier, plunging the country into an unprecedented crisis.

MrWickremesinghedenied to accept the sacking and challenged it in a court and in the Parliament.

The daily stated that a new Cabinet will be sworn in on Monday. The Cabinet will comprise of 30 members and include six Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians, it said.

Mr. Rajapaksa’s son on Friday reported that the former strongman will resign on Saturday after two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled leader’s efforts to cling to premiership untenable.

Sri Lanka’s Supreme court on Friday refused to stay a court order restraining Rajapaksa, 73, from holding the office of Prime Minister until it completely heard the case next month.

“To ensure the stability of the nation, Former President @PresRajapaksa has confirmed to resign from the Premiership tomorrow after an address to the nation,” Rajapaksa’s son Namal tweeted.

The Sri Lanka PodujanaPeramuna (SLPP) with the former president, SLFP and others will “now work to make a broader political coalition with President Sirisena”, Namal, a lawmaker, added.

The top court’s Friday ruling came a day after it unanimously declared that the dissolution of Parliament by President Sirisena was “illegal”.

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