The new President is likely to be elected in Sri Lanka on July 20. But before that Gotabaya will have to resign on July 13. Let us inform that the residence of President Gotabaya and PM is occupied by the protesters.
Colombo (agency). Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga on Monday announced that the new President of Sri Lanka will be elected on July 20. Ranatunga said party leaders have decided to elect a new president on July 20 if President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns on July 13. According to him, if the President resigns on July 13 as per the decision decided in the meeting of the party leaders, then the program will be something like this. Parliament will be convened on 15 July. Nominations for the presidency will be accepted on July 19 and the election of a new president will take place on July 20.
Earlier on Saturday, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhaywardene announced in a press conference that the President would resign from his post on July 13. Let us inform that on Saturday, the angry public had occupied the President’s residence due to the plight. After this, pictures of people playing carrom boards, sleeping on sofas, enjoying in the park premises, bathing in the swimming pool and cooking food for dinner went viral very fast. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has already announced to step down from his post after protests by the people. However, the protesters who occupied the residences of the President and the Prime Minister have made it clear that they will continue to occupy their homes until they officially resign.
The deteriorating economic situation in the country has added to the tension and in the past few weeks, there have been reports of police force clashing with protesters at petrol pumps. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948. Meanwhile, former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has called 9th July as Public Day. Schools and government offices have been closed until further notice due to the ongoing economic crisis in the country. Emergency ambulance service has also been suspended in several areas amid fuel shortage in Sri Lanka.