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Sri Lanka: President resigns, Protestors leave Colombo government buildings

A DAY after he fled Sri Lanka, disgraced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew from the Maldives to Singapore, where the government said he had been “allowed entry” on “a private visit” — and later sent his resignation to the Lanka Speaker.

Confirming the arrival of Rajapaksa, the spokesperson for the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “He has not asked for asylum and neither has he been granted any asylum. Singapore generally does not grant requests for asylum.”

The Singapore police asked the public and visitors to “abide by our local laws” and warned that “action will be taken against anyone participating in a public assembly that is illegal”.

Confirming that Gotabaya has sent his resignation by email, a statement issued by the office of Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said: “The Speaker wishes to inform that an official statement on this would be made tomorrow (Friday) after the verification process and legal formalities.”

On the ground in Colombo, anti-Gotabaya protesters, who have been demanding his resignation and that of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who has begun officiating as the Acting President, began vacating the government buildings they had occupied after storming the heart of the Capital on July 9.

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