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Rajapaksa had telephoned the speaker of parliament saying that he would step down on Wednesday, but his resignation letter had not arrived as of early Thursday.

Demonstrators were in talks Thursday to hand back official buildings they seized, protest representatives said, even as they insisted the president and Prime Minister both quit in the face of an economic crisis. “There is a move to return the buildings back to the authorities,” an activist involved in the #GotaGoHome campaign told AFP.

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