Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s interim President on Friday until Parliament elects a successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Wickremesinghe, 73, took his oath of office before chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Wickremesinghe’s office said in a statement.
Sri Lanka’s new president will be elected through Parliament next week, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said.
Abeywardena said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially stepped down from his post.
He added that as per Article 38 (1) of the constitution he received the letter of resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Friday (15).