Rajapaksa quits, vows to make comeback

After disputably holding on to the post of Prime Minister for weeks, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said he had “resigned”, and vowed to clinch power in the next election.
Backing down after the Supreme Court declined relief to an appeal court order restraining him from acting as PM, Mr. Rajapaksa said he accepted the post as he could not turn down a request to form “interim government” until snap elections.“The Supreme Court has delivered a judgment against the holding of the general election that had already been declared,” he said referring to the apex court’s landmark judgment on Thursday, which declared Mr. Sirisena’s sacking of Parliament and call for early elections illegal.Claiming that he had “no intention” of remaining as PM without an impending general election, Mr. Rajapaksa said he would “make way” for a new government.

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