Protesters in Sri Lanka occupy homes of president and prime minister, both leaders resign

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Protesters in Sri Lanka stormed and occupied the residences of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on July 9, 2022. Thousands had taken to the streets of the capital Colombo earlier in the day to demand the resignations of the men who have faced months of protests amid accusations they have mismanaged the nation’s economy. The president has promised to step down on 13 July and the prime minister said he will leave office once a new government is in place. Sri Lanka faces its worst economic crisis since it gained independence from Britain in 1948, and has struggled for months with shortages of food, fuel and medicine. Now bankrupt, the nation relies on aid from India and other countries and is holding talks with the International Monetary Fund on a possible bailout.

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