Sri Lanka's president and prime minister to resign after tumultuous protest

Sri Lanka's president and prime minister agreed to resign Saturday after the country's most chaotic day in months of political turmoil 

with crowds storming both officials' homes and setting fire to one of the buildings in a rage over the nation's severe economic crisis. 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he will leave office once a new government is in place 

and hours later the speaker of Parliament said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would step down Wednesday 

Pressure on both men grew as the economic meltdown set off acute shortages of essential items, 

leaving people struggling to buy food, fuel and other necessities. 

Police had attempted to thwart promised protests with a curfew, then lifted it as lawyers and opposition politicians denounced it as illegal 

Thousands of people entered the capital, Colombo, and swarmed into Rajapaksa's fortified residence.