Sri Lanka President to Resign as Protesters Storm Residence

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose family has dominated the country’s politics for much of the past two decades, has agreed to resign, the parliament’s speaker said, after antigovernment protesters stormed and occupied the president’s residence and office.

In a televised statement on Saturday night, Sri Lanka’s parliamentary speaker, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, said the president had informed him of his intention to step down Wednesday “to ensure a peaceful transition of power.”