Sri Lanka's prime minister plans to resign as protesters storm the president's home

Sri Lanka's prime minister plans to resign as protesters storm the president's home

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's prime minister agreed to resign on Saturday after party leaders in Parliament

demanded both he and the embattled president step down on the day protesters stormed the president's residence and office in a fury over a worsening economic crisis.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a voice statement that he will resign when all parties have agreed on a new government.

"Today in this country we have a fuel crisis, a food shortage, we have the head of the World Food Program coming here 

and we have several matters to discuss with the IMF. Therefore

if this government leaves there should be another government," he said.

His decision came after the biggest protest yet swept Sri Lanka as tens of thousands of people broke through

barricades and entered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's residence and nearby office

to vent their anger against a leader they hold responsible for the nation's worst crisis.

Footage showed people in a jubilant mood taking a dip in the garden pool of the residence

 Some lay on beds, others made tea and drank, and made "statements" from the conference room that Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe must immediately quit.

Wickremesinghe said he suggested to the president to have an all-party government, but didn't say anything about Rajapaksa's whereabouts

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