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Sri Lanka Latest: Rajapaksa Resigns, New President in 7 Days

Demonstrators in Colombo cheer after hearing news about the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Demonstrators in Colombo cheer after hearing news about the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Photographer: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stepped down as Sri Lanka’s president with protesters taking to the streets to celebrate into the early hours of Friday after days of anti-government demonstrations and tense stand-offs with security forces. 

The beleaguered leader sent his resignation to the parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena soon after landing in Singapore on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The speaker formally announced Rajapaksa’s exit in a televised statement on Friday.