Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was resulting from resign, flew together with his spouse to the Maldives on a navy airplane early on Wednesday morning.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the nation, hours earlier than his promised resignation amid widespread protests over his dealing with of the nation’s worst financial disaster since independence in 1948.
Rajapaksa, his spouse and two bodyguards flew on a Sri Lankan Air Drive airplane to Male, the capital of the Maldives, information businesses reported citing unnamed authorities and immigration officers.
He arrived in Male early on Wednesday morning, the AFP information company reported.
The president had stated he would resign on Wednesday after tens of hundreds of protesters stormed his official residence demanding he step down.
Rajapaksa, who helped finish the nation’s long-running civil struggle as defence secretary throughout his elder brother’s administration greater than a decade in the past, was elected president in 2019 promising safety and stability.
However because the nation started operating out of gas, meals and medicines as authorities coffers depleted, the president was accused of financial incompetence, and public opinion turned towards each Gotabaya and the broader Rajapaksa household who’ve dominated Sri Lankan politics for practically 20 years.
Rajapaksa, accused of struggle crimes and different human rights abuses, enjoys immunity from arrest whereas in workplace. It’s believed he wished to go overseas earlier than stepping all the way down to keep away from the potential of being detained.
The nation’s parliament is because of maintain a vote on selecting a brand new president on July 20.