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Sajith Premadasa of SJB nominated for interim presidency of Sri Lanka: Report

Sri Lanka’s main opposition, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), unanimously decided on Monday to nominate Sajith Premadasa as interim president.

The SJB said party secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara presented the proposal and was supported by party chairman Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka at the parliamentary group held this afternoon, Newswire reported.

The SJB has almost 50 deputies in Parliament and to win a vote in Parliament they need the support of 113 deputies.

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Meanwhile, opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said he is ready to protect the motherland and build the country’s economy, News 1st reported.

In a press release, Sajith Premadasa said the opposition is ready to lead the country’s stabilization program and build the country’s economy.

The opposition leader said there was no alternative solution other than the appointment of the government led by a new president and prime minister.

Sri Lanka’s party leaders decided to elect a new president on July 20 through a vote in Parliament in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, President Mahinda Yapa Abeywardhane said today.

He said it had been decided to convene Parliament on Friday and inform the House that there is a vacancy for the presidency under the provisions of the Constitution, the Daily Mirror reported.

“Nominations for the presidency will be requested on July 19 and a vote will be held on July 20 to elect a new president,” he said.

The leaders also decided to form an all-party government under the new president and take steps to continue the provision of essential services.

The development comes after thousands of people stormed the President’s House in Fort on Saturday. The dramatic visuals came from the PM’s official residence, where they were seen playing carrom board, sleeping on the couch, hanging out on the grounds of the park and preparing food for dinner.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced their resignation from their posts after protests by Sri Lankan commoners intensified.

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