Sri Lanka’s newly appointed PM Rajapaksa resigns: party lawmaker, son

Sri Lanka’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa attends a religious ceremony after he resigned from the prime minister post in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, his son and a party lawmaker told Reuters, seven weeks after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed him in controversial circumstances.

His son Namal Rajapaksa, also a lawmaker, said his father would make a special statement at 0830 GMT

“He just signed the resignation letter in front of party members,” Shehan Semasinghe, a legislator from Rajapaksa’s party, told Reuters.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Krishna N. Das

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