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Rajapaksa resigns amid economic-political turmoil

International desk
Sri Lanka’s prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered his resignation amid widespread protests in the country as it suffered through its worst economic and political crisis since independence.

“The prime minister has sent his letter of resignation to the president,” an unnamed official told on Monday, declining to be named.

The move comes days after president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the prime minister’s younger brother, requested the PM to step down as a solution to the ongoing political crisis in the country in a special meeting.

President Rajapaksa is also expected to invite political parties now in Parliament to form an all-party Cabinet, following the resignation of the prime minister.

The resignation of the prime minister comes amid heavy protests in Sri Lanka that have been ongoing for weeks now with supporters of the government clashing on Monday with anti-government protesters outside Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office.

Local reports said hundreds of troops have been deployed and an indefinite curfew imposed in Colombo after the clash between the two factions.
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