By KRISHAN FRANCIS, BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI AND KRUTIKA PATHI – Related Press
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister has resigned after weeks of protests demanding that he and his brother, the nation’s president, step down for dragging the nation into its worst financial disaster in a long time.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated on Twitter that he tendered his resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a transfer that adopted a violent assault by authorities supporters on protesters, prompting authorities to deploy armed troops within the capital Colombo.
4 folks, together with a ruling get together lawmaker, have been killed in Monday’s violence, police spokesman Nihal Thalduwa advised the Related Press. President Rajapaksa imposed a nationwide curfew from Monday night time to Wednesday morning.
For greater than a month, the protests have unfold throughout the nation, drawing folks of all ethnicities, religions and courses. For the primary time, middle-class Sri Lankans additionally took to the streets in giant numbers, marking a dramatic revolt by many former Rajapaksa supporters, a few of whom have spent weeks protesting outdoors the president’s workplace.
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The protests highlighted a dramatic fall from grace of the Rajapaksas,
Essentially the most highly effective political dynasty in Sri Lanka for many years. The brothers have been as soon as hailed as heroes by most of the island’s Sinhalese-Buddhist majority for ending the nation’s 30-year civil warfare, and regardless of accusations of warfare atrocities, they have been firmly entrenched on the prime. of Sri Lankan politics up to now.