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Sri Lanka president flees for the Maldives as prime minister declares emergency

By Mahendra Ratnaweera, John Reed

13 Jul 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has escaped to Maldives without officially handing in his resignation, pushing the country into further uncertainty regarding his status.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa departs on the day he was expected to resign in the face of mass protestsPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled Sri Lanka on a military aircraft for the Maldives, according to the country’s air force, leaving behind a deepening economic and political crisis in the island nation on the day he was expected to resign in the face of mass protests.

The 73-year-old leader was forced to offer his resignation on Saturday by a street revolt in which tens of thousands of protesters angered by rising prices and shortages of fuel and food converged on Colombo, the commercial capital, and over-ran the presidential palace.

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