Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa’s resignation accepted

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The resignation of Sri Lanka’s president has been accepted, the crisis-hit country’s parliamentary speaker announced on Friday, after he fled the country earlier this week, prompting relief among protesters camped outside his former offices. The formal declaration makes Gotabaya Rajapaksa – once known as “The Terminator” for his ruthless crushing of the Tamil rebellion – the first Sri Lankan head of state to resign since it adopted an executive presidency in 1978. He emailed in his notice from Singapore after flying to the city-state from the Maldives, where he initially escaped after demonstr…

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