Sri Lanka Crisis: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakse has fled the country for the Maldives, AFP has confirmed. Violent protests are taking place in Colombo as the president flees the country. Against this backdrop, the Prime Minister’s Office has declared a state of emergency in Sri Lanka.
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Violent protests once again in Sri Lanka
Violent protests have once again erupted in Sri Lanka following the flight of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday morning. A large number of protesters have taken to the streets. These people are marching towards Parliament. Tear gas, on the other hand, was used to control the angry mob. Protesters have also blocked army vehicles. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country and reached the Maldives. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed Gotabaya’s departure.
Confirmation of the President’s escape from the Prime Minister’s Office
Defense officials say Rajapaksa had requested them for the plane last night. Rajapaksa is the supreme commander of the defense forces as president. Prime Minister Vikram Singh’s office has also confirmed that the President has left the country.
The Indian High Commissioner denied the news
The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo has denied reports that India helped President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother Basil Rajapaksa escape. The High Commissioner said the news was baseless and that India would continue to support the people of Sri Lanka.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country
According to AFP, it is claimed that, according to information received from local officials, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on a military plane this morning. An AFP report claims that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to neighboring Maldives after large-scale protests against him.