New Delhi, May 9: Amid nationwide protest and curfew, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday resigned.
President Gotbaya Rajapaksa in a special meeting on Friday had requested the Prime Minister to step down as a solution to the ongoing political crisis in the country.
President Rajapaksa is expected to invite all the political parties in Parliament to form an all-party Cabinet.
This morning protesters held a demonstration opposite the Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister, urging Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa not to resign.
Following their meeting with the prime minister, they clashed with anti-government protesters near the Temple Trees. At least 16 people who sustained injuries have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.
The resignation came shortly after he put out a tweet urging the general public to exercise restraint.