In Sri Lanka, prime minister resigns amid economic crisis

By Simon Fraser, 10 May
Outgoing Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (photo credit: AP)
Outgoing Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (photo credit: AP)
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned amid mass protests at the government's handling of a deepening economic crisis. The move came as the island was placed under curfew after violent clashes between Rajapaksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo. Five people have died, including a ruling party MP, and more than 190 injured in violence in the capital. [...] Mr Rajapaksa, 76, sent his resignation letter to his younger brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, saying he hoped it would help resolve the crisis, but the move is highly unlikely to satisfy government opponents while the latter remains in power.
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