Colombo, Nov 20: Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday stepped down as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka following the last Saturday's presidential election that saw opposition candidate Gaotabaya Rajapaksa soundly beating his party nominee Sajith Premadasa.
The decision to resign had been taken in order to facilitate the newly elected president to form his own government, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said earlier in the day. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has meanwhile instructed Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake to covene a meeting of the Committee on Parliamentary Business on Thursday.
The current parliament was elected in August 2015 for a five-year term and cannot be dissolved by until March, six months before its term ends. However, legislators through a majority resolution could ask for a snap poll. (UNI)