Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will resign on Thursday, his office said on Wednesday, days after the ruling party’s candidate lost the presidential election to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, reports Hindustan Times.He was under pressure to quit and handover the government to the opposite camp after Rajapaksa won the presidential election on Saturday.
Rajapaksa defeated Wickremesinghe’s deputy Sajith Premadasa.
Sources said President Rajapaksa will appoint his elder brother and former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current main opposition leader, as the next prime minister.
Mahinda was appointed the Prime Minister on October 26, 2018 by the then President Maithripala Sirisena, in a controversial move that plunged the country into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.
He resigned in December as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman’s efforts to cling to premiership untenable.
The apex court later unanimously declared that the dissolution of Parliament by Sirisena was “illegal”.Mahinda won power in 2005 and went on to become South Asia’s longest-serving leader. He became the country’s youngest ever parliamentarian in 1970 at the age of 24.