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Sri Lanka eyes Rajapaksa successor: 5 things about life after Gota

Experts warn next leader faces 'mammoth task' but must restore stability

Dawn breaks over Sri Lanka's blockaded presidential secretariat in Colombo on the morning of July 15, when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's long-awaited resignation became official.   © AP

COLOMBO -- Once the most feared man in Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially stepped down as president after intense protests over the country's economic crisis.

The man they call "The Terminator" fled to the Maldives in the dead of night on Wednesday, before flying to Singapore on Thursday, where he tendered his resignation. The speaker of parliament on Friday announced he had accepted the letter, formally ushering Sri Lanka into a post-Rajapaksa era.

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