Due to the economic crisis, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns.

Following large protests against the government’s handling of the economic crisis, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has resigned.

After Rajapksa supporters clashed with anti-government protestors in Colombo, at least 78 people were injured. The country has been under curfew for days.

Since April, protests have been held against rising food and commodities prices as well as power outages. The island nation is in the midst of its biggest economic crisis since its 1948 independence from the United Kingdom.

Rajapaksa, 76, sent his resignation letter to his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Monday, May 9, according to his spokeswoman.

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