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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees the country

BP World Bureau | Jul 13 2022 10:04:20 AM
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Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew out of his country to the Maldives early Wednesday, according to the Prime Minister’s Office today. 

This is a preamble to his resignation after months of overall protests against his island nation's worst-ever financial crisis.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa had promised over the weekend to resign on Wednesday and clear the way for a "peaceful transition of power" after fleeing his official residence in Colombo. This was just before tens of thousands of protesters overran it.

As president, Rajapaksa enjoys immunity from arrest, and he is believed to have wanted to go abroad before stepping down to avoid the prospect of being imprisoned.

Although the Indian High Commission in Srilanka today refuted the reports which said India helped President Rajapaksa and his brother Basil flee the country, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the country.