Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned amid mass protests at the government’s handling of a deepening economic crisis.
The move came as the island was placed under curfew after violent clashes between Rajapaksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo.
Five people have died, including a ruling party MP, and more than 190 were injured in violence in the capital.
There have been protests over soaring prices and power cuts since last month.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.
Rajapaksa, 76, sent his resignation letter to his younger brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, saying he hoped it would help resolve the crisis, but the move is unlikely to satisfy government opponents while the latter remains in power.