Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has stepped down following incessants clamours on the damning economic state of the country.

In what has been described as the worst economic recess since their independence from Britain in 1948, citizens of the island nation have staged protests, particularly at Colombo; the capital city.

Demonstrations concerning the displeasure on Rajapaksa’s cabinet dates back to March 2022, but have escalated in recent weeks; leading to a curfew imposed by the Sri Lankan national police force. The move was deemed necessary to curb clashes between anti-government protesters and ruling party faithfuls.

Protesters had attacked the buses that conveyed local officials to the capital city on Monday—who were slated to have a meeting with Rajapaksa. There were also rallies held outside the prime minister residence before hundreds of protesters moved to a site close to the presidential office.

Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and the ruling party supporters have led to the hospitalisation of at least 150 citizens in Colombo. This is according to the Colombo National Hospital.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation also comes after the curfews were placed. A statement released by the prime minister office containing a copy of his resignation letter have been put out. In it, he explained that the move was necessary in order to set up an interim, unity government.

“Multiple stakeholders have indicated the best solution to the present crisis is the formation of an interim all-party government.

“Therefore, I have tendered my resignation so the next steps can be taken in accordance with the Constitution,” the copy read.

The resignation letter have been sent to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, and younger brother of Mahindra Rajapaksa.

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