Sri Lankan PM, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid economic crisis

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned amid mass protests at the government’s handling of the economic crisis.


This move came as the island nation was placed under curfew post the violent clashes between Rajapksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo.


According to a local hospital, at least 78 people have been injured in the violence in the capital.


There have been protests against the soaring prices and power cuts since last month.


Sri Lanka has been facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. The government has also requested emergency financial help.


Mr Rajapaksa has sent his resignation letter to his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, hoping that it would help in resolving the crisis, but the move is highly unlikely to satisfy government opponents while the latter remains in power.