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Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Rajapaksa resigns. Protestors storm Rajapaksa’s Colombo residence.

Where: Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post on Monday amid violent protests as the island nation faces its worst economic crisis since gaining independence.
According to Sri Lanka’s Constitution, the Cabinet stands dissolved due to the Prime Minister’s resignation.
On Tuesday, armed troops evacuated PM Rajapaksa and his family to an undisclosed location after protestors stormed his official residence in Colombo. Security officials fired warning shots and tear gas while protestors threw petrol bombs into the compound.
Rajapaksa tweeted, “While emotions are running high in #lka, I urge our general public to exercise restraint & remember that violence only begets violence. The economic crisis we’re in needs an economic solution which this administration is committed to resolving.”
Rajapaksa’s brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, condemned the “violent acts”, urging citizens to remain calm and work together to solve the (economic) crisis.

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