People swimming in the Sri Lankan president’s swimming pool say they will stay at the official residence in Colombo until Ghatabaya Rajapaksa finally steps down.

Protesters also stormed the home of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, protesting the economic disaster that has left many struggling to afford two meals a day.

Both men said they will leave.

According to the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Rajapaksa is due to leave on Wednesday, but there was no immediate word from him.

However, Mr Rajapaksa has confirmed to Mr Wickremesinghe that he will resign, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Monday.

But many people “don’t believe it and won’t believe it until they see it in action,” said Sky News correspondent Nicole Johnston, who spoke to protesters at the president’s home.

“Until that happens, they will continue to occupy the president’s house, as well as a number of key buildings across the city,” Johnston added.

Many took their children with them, inspecting the wealth. Schools have been closed for the past few weeks because there is not enough electricity to run them.

Protesters inspect the official residence of the president

The country “has burned through all its foreign currency (and) doesn’t have enough money for food, fuel or medicine,” Johnston added.

So he begged money from the International Monetary Fund, Japan, Russia, China and Qatar.

“Government workers were told to take Friday off, go home and grow food,” Johnston said.

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“They were also told that within five years they could go abroad, get another job, send that money back to Sri Lanka and then eventually they would still have their jobs here. This is how desperate this country is.”

However, the mood has changed since Saturday, when tens of thousands of people took to the streets in frustration.

Now it’s “almost a festival or carnival atmosphere,” Johnston said.

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