Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Resign, Says PM’s office

Guwahati: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had declared he will step down after tens of thousands of protestors surrounded both men’s official residences, the prime minister’s office said.

The Prime Minister’s communications team reportedly notified the President that he will step down as previously promised.

The President will step down from his position on July 13 according to a press conference held earlier on Saturday by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the President’s House in Fort on Saturday, leading to Rajapaksa’s resignation.

In the midst of the ongoing protests, Even Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared his intention to leave his position. The protesters who have taken over the homes of the President and Prime Minister have stated that they will remain there until they retire from their positions, according to a report from ANI.

The stunning images were captured at the PM’s official mansion, where people could be seen playing carrom board, dozing off on the sofa, enjoying the park, and preparing dinner.

In recent weeks, there have been reports of several confrontations between individuals and members of the police force and the armed forces at fuel stations where thousands of desperate members of the public have lined up for hours, sometimes days, as a result of the country’s deteriorating economic situation.

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