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Sri Lanka's Prime Minister resigns amid nationwide protests

1:00pm on 10 May 2022

By Emilia Sullivan and Sam Ashton 

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister has resigned following months of pressure as the country faces a deepening economic crisis.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the older brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, resigned yesterday as the island was placed under curfew after violent clashes between Rajapaksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo.

Power cuts and soaring prices are being attributed to causing the protests, with the island nation facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.

Five people have been killed and more than 190 were injured. A ruling party MP was one of those killed. 

Anti-government protestors are unlikely to subside following the resignation as they still wish to oust the President.

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