Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa Resigns

Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that he is resigning after violent clashes in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

The former British colony of Ceylon which gained independence in 1948, has recently struggled with the cost of living crisis and resource shortages plaguing the island.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, Sri Lanka was immediately hit with the effects of the cost of living crisis as petrol prices sky rocketed, rolling blackouts occurred hourly, and food lines wrapped around multiple city blocks.

Anti-Government forces in Sri Lanka have laid the blame for all this hardship on Rajapaksa and his government, which has widely been criticized as corrupt.

Upon his resignation, Rajapaksa wrote a letter to the Sri Lankan president, his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, hoping that him caving in would help stop the violence.

But many speculate that the Anti-Government protesters won't quiet down until both Rajapaksas are out of power.

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