Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from premiership on Saturday

International Politics

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed prime minister in a controversial move, will resign on Saturday 
from the disputed position of premiership told his son Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa, 73, was appointed as the prime minister on October 26.

Namal said he will quit “to ensure stability of the nation”, after the Supreme Court ordered that he should not exercise the powers of the office he has claimed since October 26. The latest decision of Rajapakse to back down came as the Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay an earlier appeal court order restraining him and his purported Cabinet from functioning in office.

Sri Lanka is going through a major political crisis since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena, in a controversial move, removed Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.  Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said Rajapaksa, who ruled Sri Lanka for nearly a decade, decided to step down in the best interest of the country. 

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