December 15, 2018 / 7:28 AM / 6 months ago

Sri Lanka's newly appointed PM Rajapaksa resigns - party lawmaker, son

COLOMBO, Dec 15 (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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