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Sri Lankan PM steps down

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned yesterday following weeks of protests demanding that he and his brother, the president, step down over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, an official said.

An aide to the prime minister, Wijayananda Herath, confirmed that Rajapaksa submitted a letter of resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. There was no immediate official confirmation from the president’s office.

The resignation comes after authorities deployed armed troops in the capital, Colombo, yesterday following an attack earlier in the day by government supporters on protesters who have been camped outside the offices of the president and prime minister.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin