Sri Lanka Economics Crisis Latest Updates: Sri Lankan official have said that embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emailed in his resignation, AP reported on Thursday. The Lankan official further said that an announcement will be made after the authenticity and legality of the email is checked.
Reuters also reported that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has flown to Singapore after fleeing Colombo. As per the report, Singapore Government has said that Rajapaksa has been allowed to enter Singapore on a private visit, and he has not asked for asylum.
Meanwhile tense calm prevails in key cities across Sri Lanka, as the Army has sent out a tough warning for the protesters. After the violent clashes that claimed a life and left nearly 90 injured, the military has told civilians to desist from the violence.
Earlier, there were reports that President Rajapaksa was trying to fly to Jeddah. Sri Lanka’s former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-finance minister Basil Rajapaksa on Thursday gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court through their lawyers that they will not leave the crisis-hit country until the Fundamental Rights petition filed against them is heard on Friday.
On Thursday, the Sri Lankan authorities reimposed curfew in the Western Province as confusion sparked over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation after he fled the country amid the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.
On the business front, Sri Lankan shares ended lower on Thursday, snapping three consecutive sessions of gains, weighed down by losses in industrial and financial stocks.
Sri Lanka’s parliament is expected to name a new full-time president on July 20, and a top ruling party source told Reuters Wickremesinghe was the party’s first choice, although no decision had been taken. The opposition’s choice is their main leader Sajith Premadasa, the son of a former president.
(With agency inputs)