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Rajapaksa to Finally Exit After Sri Lanka Protesters Storm House

  • President agrees to resign hours after he flees official home
  • Concerns building over power vacuum as country talks with IMF
Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Photographer: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

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After months of persistent street protests over fuel shortages, surging prices and financial mismanagement, Sri Lankan leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa is finally on the verge of being ousted.

The president fled on Saturday to an undisclosed location shortly before demonstrators stormed his official seaside residence in the face of tear gas and rubber bullets. In dramatic scenes, they wandered through the rooms, frolicked in the swimming pool and helped themselves to food and drink -- a reminder of the struggle to find basic goods with inflation set to hit 70%.