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

Sri Lanka's newly appointed PM Rajapaksa resigns - party lawmaker, son
Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa attends a religious ceremony after he resigned from the prime minister post in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer -
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COLOMBO (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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