Mahinda Rajapaksa attends a religious ceremony after he resigned from the prime minister post in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 15, 2018

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Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a spiritual ceremony after resigning on Saturday

Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a shock transfer that sparked a political disaster.

Mr Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, signed his resignation letter in a ceremony at his home.

His son, Namal, advised the BBC his father had stop to make sure nationwide stability.

The resignation might deliver to an finish an almost two-month-long energy battle that has dented confidence in Sri Lanka’s stability.

In October, President Maithripala Sirisena sacked then prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, changing him with Mr Rajapaksa.

Mr Wickremesinghe is predicted to return to workplace on Sunday.

His get together’s spokesman Harin Fernando advised the BBC: “The president has agreed to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister tomorrow at 10 am.”

He stated this could finish the political impasse, remarking that the the nation and its financial system had suffered “big harm” because the disaster started 50 days in the past.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court docket stated Mr Sirisena had acted illegally in November by dissolving parliament and calling snap polls with almost two years to go till elections had been due.

All through the disaster, Mr Wickremesinghe has all the time maintained he’s the rightful PM.

The disaster, which has provoked brawls in parliament and sparked giant protests, has been intently watched by regional energy India, in addition to the US, China and European Union.

Mr Rajapaksa, who dominated Sri Lankan politics for a decade till 2015, has an uneasy relationship with the West over the bloody finish to the nation’s civil struggle in 2009, when hundreds of civilians had been killed. Each authorities forces and the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels are accused of grave human rights abuses and crimes.

On Wednesday, parliament handed a vote of confidence in Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

His get together and its allies have a easy majority in parliament – and have argued from the start that President Sirisena’s actions had been unconstitutional.

Mr Sirisena was as soon as a celebration ally of Mr Rajapaksa, and served in his authorities.

However in 2015, he teamed up with Ranil Wickremesinghe to defeat him in an election and the pair went on to kind a coalition authorities.

Nevertheless the connection between president and prime minister turned bitter and Mr Sirisena in October turned on Mr Wickremesinghe, sacking him in favour of Mr Rajapaksa, his previous ally-turned-rival-turned-ally.

He known as Mr Wickremesinghe conceited and linked him to a controversial central financial institution bond sale, which is alleged to have led to the lack of 11bn Sri Lankan rupees ($65m; £50m). The president additionally alleged cupboard minister was concerned in a plot to kill him and that police had obstructed an investigation.