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Sri Lanka's presidential and parliamentary elections following the resignation of incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be held before March next year, the Daily Mirror reported, citing senior government sources.

"Gotabaya Rajapaksa will end his presidency on Wednesday after handing in his resignation to the Parliament Speaker, after which a decision has been taken to hold a presidential and parliamentary election before March next year," senior political sources told Daily Mirror last evening.

Earlier it was reported that the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka announced that they were resigning. The day before, thousands of protesters stormed their homes and residences.

Economic turmoil has plunged the island nation of 22 million people into a severe humanitarian crisis, leaving millions of people struggling for food, medicine and fuel, the newspaper said.

Neither the president nor the prime minister were at their residences when the mob stormed in. According to security officials, both had been moved to safe locations before the attack.

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