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'The Terminator' Rajapaksa totters as Sri Lanka sees People's Power revolt

Demonstrators celebrating inside the President's residence, after Sri Lankan leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled, on July 9, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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When the going got too tough for him to handle, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa finally got going - or at least, said he would.

The announcement that "Gota", as he is known across the teardrop-shape island, will leave on Wednesday (July 13) in the wake of a massive public uprising came not from the President, or his office, but Parliament Speaker Mahinda Abeywardana.

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