Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the Acting President of Sri Lanka.
Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Acting President, since he is currently not in the country.
The appointment has been made under Article 37.1 of the Constitution.
Earlier today, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Sri Lanka Air Force confirmed President Rajapaksa left the island for the Maldives.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was scheduled to hand in his letter of resignation today.