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BREAKING NEWS:Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a seven-week long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government.

Rajapaksa signed a letter of resignation in front of supporters and journalists at his private residence on Saturday.

The 73-year-old former president made no immediate statement to reporters.

His son Namal Rajapaksa, also a lawmaker, said his father would make a special statement at 0830 GMT.

“He just signed the resignation letter in front of party members,” Shehan Semasinghe, a legislator from Rajapaksa’s party, told Reuters News Agency.


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