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Sri Lanka facing a humanitarian crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa have announced that he will be stepping down from his position on 13 July 2022. 

The news came after thousands of Sri Lankan protesters stormed the palace and set the Prime Minister's home on fire. 

Sri Lankan officials say the country's economic crisis and adverse politics led to the events on 9 July. 

The country's economic status has collapsed due to the island nation's debt and low foreign currency. The government is now almost without gasoline, food, toilet paper, cooking gas, and medication. Sri Lankans are furious and fearful of the deepening financial emergency as they face a humanitarian crisis. 

After the announcement of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also offered to resign. Still, his offer did not appease the protestors, who then set his home on fire.

Many Sri Lankans believe their government and prime ministers are at fault for the country's current status. "This was a failed president and a failed government," said one protestor, Faiszer Musthapha, a member of an opposition party.

"The events on Saturday were months in the making," said one protestor. "The people of Sri Lanka are struggling to feed their families, and the government isn't doing anything." 

Sri Lanka is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Food is scarce, fuel is nearly gone, and the country is suffering rampant inflation. Sri Lanka's President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has called on India, China, and the International Monetary Fund for help.

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