Sri Lanka’s new president to be elected on July 20: speaker
On Saturday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced that due to the country’s political and economic unrest, he would be stepping down as president on July 13.
The speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament announced on Monday that political party leaders had resolved to hold a vote in parliament to pick a new president on July 20.
The decision was made to call for parliamentary sessions on July 15 and to advise the legislature that there was a vacancy for the president, according to a statement from Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
The speaker announced that nominations for the President would be accepted on July 19 and that a vote to choose a new president would be held on July 20.
Additionally, party leaders decided to continue providing basic services by forming an all-party administration under the new president.
In light of the political and economic unrest, Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Saturday that he would step down from office on July 13.