Sri Lankan president's brother resigns from parliament

STORY: "The aim is to allow someone else to be appointed to parliament in my place from the party," Rajapaksa told reporters in Colombo, adding that he would not be involved in any government activities but "will not step away from politics".

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned as prime minister last month after prolonged protests against the economic crisis turned deadly. The three Rajapaksa siblings have been key players in Sri Lankan politics for decades, but are blamed by protesters who have taken to the streets in their thousands in recent months for mishandling the island nation's economy.

The country of 22 million people is suffering its worst economic crisis in seven decades, with shortages of fuel, medicines and cooking gas because a severe lack of foreign exchange has stalled imports.

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