To begin with, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has tendered his resignation in a letter sent by email to parliamentary speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenena, according to an announcement from the speaker’s office Thursday. Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on a flight from Maldives earlier after fleeing his country in the wake of anti-government protests.
Meanwhile, Abeywardenena has received an email with Rajapaksa’s resignation, the speaker’s office confirmed onThursday, but added that “we cannot accept such an email at face value.” The legality of it needs to be ascertained. It has been shared with the relevant authorities for the verification of the same,” the office retorted. “Once we have official confirmation and it is legally verified, we hope to make a statement regarding it tomorrow morning.”
Rajapaksa pledged to quit over the weekend after angry demonstrators broke into his official residence
Moreover, Abeywardenena’s office added that it is expecting to receive a paper copy of the letter, but that would take longer as it would be sent from Singapore. According to a high-ranking government source the letter was emailed after Rajapaksa arrived in Singapore. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide details that have not been shared publicly by officials. Singapore said Rajapaska had been allowed to enter the country on a “private visit” but had not asked for or been granted asylum.
Furthermore, “it is confirmed that Mr. Rajapaksa has been allowed entry into Singapore on a private visit. He has not asked for asylum and neither has he been granted any asylum. Singapore generally does not grant requests for asylum,” the Singapore Foreign Ministry statement read. Rajapaksa pledged to quit over the weekend after angry demonstrators broke into his official residence, swam in his pool and demanded the end of his family’s ruling dynasty. He left the Maldivian capital Malé on board a “Saudi flight,” a high-ranking security source in Colombo.
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In conclusion, according to few sources, it was referring to Saudia flight 788, which left Malé at 11:30 a.m., according to the source. The flight landed in Singapore at 7:17 p.m. local time Thursday, according to the Changi Airport website.