November 20, 2019 / 10:51 AM / 18 days ago

Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe to resign on Thursday: spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on during an interview with Reuters at the Prime Minister's official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 3, 2018. Picture taken November 3,2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will resign from office on Thursday after his party’s candidate lost a presidential election over the weekend, his spokesman said.

An interim cabinet, appointed by new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is expected to govern the island until the next election which could be around April, four sources from both Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe’s teams told Reuters.

“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced that he has decided to resign,” spokesman Sudharshana Gunawardena said. “The resignation letter will be sent (to the President) tomorrow.”

Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Alexandra Ulmer and Andrew Heavens

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