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Sri Lanka: The president announced his resignation after waves of protests led to the takeover of the presidential palace.

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Protesters besieged the presidential palace in Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced his resignation on July 13 following protests that rocked the country on Saturday.

Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yappa Abeywardena said that the President has informed him of his decision.

This comes after protesters stormed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence on Saturday and set it on fire.

Video footage that has gone viral on social media shows the house on fire.