Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country in a military jet amid massive protests over the economic crisis.
The BBC believes that 73-year-old Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in the Maldivian capital Male at 03:00 local time on Wednesday.
With the escape of Rajapaksa, decades of one-family rule in Sri Lanka came to an end. On Saturday, ordinary people of Sri Lanka stormed the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Gotabaya Rajapaksa had to hide.
Gotabaya had announced his resignation today i.e. on July 13.
Sources have told the BBC that Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brother and former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa has also left the country. There is talk of Basil going to America.
People celebrated in Galle Face Green after the news of the President’s escape from the country came. Galle is the main site of protests in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Thousands gathered in Galle Park on Tuesday evening, awaiting the president’s resignation.
The people of Sri Lanka consider the Rajapaksa regime responsible for the economic devastation in the country. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in decades. For months, the people of Sri Lanka have been grappling with daily power cuts, lack of essential oil, food and medicines and medicines.
It is being said that President Gotabaya wanted to leave the country before his resignation so that the new administration could not arrest him. He could not be arrested while he was president.
With the President’s escape, the danger of no one being under the governance of Sri Lanka is also being felt. Sri Lanka needs a government that finds a solution to the economic crisis.
Leaders of other parties are talking to form a coalition government but no agreement has been reached so far. It is not yet clear whether the people will accept the new government or not.