Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis. Mr Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, signed his resignation letter in a ceremony at his house.
He was controversially appointed Prime minister by President Maithirpala Sirisena on 26th October suddenly replacing Mr Ranil Wickremsinghe. However, he failed to garner majority in Parliament and President attempt to dissolve parliament was nullified by Supreme court in a decision on Thursday. Mr Wickremsinghe will be sworn in again to the post of Prime minister tomorrow along with his cabinet.
President Sirisena has claimed in the past that he would never reappoint Mr Wickremsinghe but the political realities forced him to do so. The resignation could bring to an end a nearly two-month-long power struggle that has dented confidence in Sri Lanka’s stability.