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Sri Lanka: President Rajapaksa to resign after palace stormed
Published on: 2022-07-11
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has announced he will step down after protesters stormed his official residence and set the prime minister's house on fire.
 

Neither the PM nor the president were in the buildings at the time.
 

Hundreds of thousands descended on the capital Colombo, calling for Mr Rajapaksa to resign after months of protests over economic mismanagement.
 

Mr Rajapaksa will step down on 13 July. PM Wickremesinghe has agreed to resign.
 

The announcement triggered an eruption of celebratory fireworks in the city.
 

The extraordinary events of Saturday appeared to be the culmination of months of mainly peaceful protests in Sri Lanka.
 

Huge crowds converged on the official residence of President Rajapaksa, chanting slogans and waving the national flag before breaking through the barricades and entering the property.
 

Footage online showed people roaming through the house and swimming in the president's pool, while others emptied out a chest of drawers, picked through the president's belongings and used his luxurious bathroom.
 

斯里兰卡示威者连闯总统官邸、总理府

当地时间7月9日,斯里兰卡首都科伦坡爆发了近期以来最大规模的游行示威。示威者连闯总统官邸、总统办公区和总理府。总理拉尼尔•维克勒马辛哈称愿意辞去总理职务。总统拉贾帕克萨已通知议长阿贝瓦德纳,将于7月13日辞去总统职务。中国大使馆提醒在斯中国公民注意安全。

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