Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has resigned, following his party’s presidential election debacle.

According to a reliable source, this new development has resulted into the end of Wickremesinghe’s government.

As a result of Wickremesinghe’s exit, a new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected on Saturday in a landslide, to appoint a replacement of his choice and a new government

On condition of anonymity, the official said, “The prime minister will have a final meeting with his cabinet as well as other leaders of his coalition before addressing the nation to announce his resignation,”

Wickremesinghe’s party put forward Sajith Premadasa in the presidential election but was soundly beaten by Rajapaksa in a highly divisive election in the island nation of 21.6 million.

He and brother Mahinda Rajapaksa are adored by the Sinhala-Buddhist majority, but loathed among minority Tamils — for spearheading the brutal crushing of Tamil Tiger separatists 10 years ago to end Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Around 40,000 Tamil civilians were allegedly killed by the military in the closing stages of the conflict when Gotabaya Rajapaksa effectively ran the security forces and his brother was president.

Source: News 18