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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country for the Maldives early on Wednesday morning, along with his wife and two security officers amid mass scale protests against him.

Rajpaksa landed at the Velena International Airport in the Maldives at 3.07 am on Wednesday and the Maldives capital was under heavy security at that time, sources confirmed to Daily Mirror.

Sources said that President Mohammed Nasheed had requested President Ibrahim Solih for the Rajapaksas to land in Maldives and clearance was received.

Rajapaksa is expected to be in the Maldives on transit before flying to another destination which is yet to be known. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


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  • John Fernando Wednesday, 13 July 2022 06:09 AM

    It's now time to get rid of executive presidency.

    Dolly Dias Wednesday, 13 July 2022 06:10 AM

    Sad news. But the Aragalaya must be happy. Let's see how they rule and guide the country to prosperity with SAJITH AKD

    Neel Wednesday, 13 July 2022 06:17 AM

    This is expected. Those who supported him, specially the officers who allowed him escape must be punished. Request to interpol etc to issue the arrest warrant for the stolen mine and all the rest including the murders he committed. Thank god and hope we never see another failed leader like him any more Sri Lanka.

    H.K .Seneviratene Wednesday, 13 July 2022 06:21 AM

    welcome dawn of a new era

    Jude Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:26 AM

    Arrest Airforce commander for aiding and abiding accused criminal out of the country!!

    Observer Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:29 AM

    All Official Immigration and Emigration formalities not followed ?

    Sunil Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:30 AM

    To him goes the rare honour of totally crippling a relatively well functioning country within a very short span of 2 1/2 years, the result of inefficiency and ineffectiveness combined with nepotism and mass scale embezzling.

    Ithizam khalid Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:30 AM

    He is an islamaphonic despot. He was responsible for the destruction of Muslims property and burning Muslim dead. SHAME ON YOU MALDIVES

    K. Ranaweera Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:49 AM

    End of the whole Rajapakse dynasty.

    G.Jeganathan Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:54 AM

    Proud friends of Mohammed Nasheed, over to you.

    IGNATIUS RASIAH Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:05 AM

    Citizens of Sri Lanka. Do not let any foreigner (Dual Citizen) govern you. Sri Lanka is your country. Only you will love it more than anyone else.

    Ketheesh Waran Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:17 AM

    Why no attempt was made to arrest him before he left the country? The corrupt authorities and elements of armed forces are still supporting him, everyone should be punished

    C Fernando Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:57 AM

    You can't arrest him while he is still President, that's why. It's called Presidential Immunity

    Saman Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:28 AM

    AN 32 is a Turbo prop. Is not a jet! Get your facts right!

    Banda Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:38 AM

    Does it matter? It's irrelevant to the topic.

    Seyad Zulficar Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:30 AM

    Islamophobic president fled to an Islamic country to save his life! KARMA

    C Fernando Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:45 AM

    Where is the letter of resignation??? Its not official till the resignation is publicly announced. What are they playing at?

    lasanda Wednesday, 13 July 2022 10:58 AM

    Remember the majority is still with you president Gotabaya.

    Neil Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:21 AM

    Really? What substance are you smoking?

    s.shiha Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:06 AM

    Must be arrest the General Shavedra silva and air marshal and who involved the incident

    Shameless coward. Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:18 AM

    He is a coward to run away from Srilanka. This man has killed many people of all communities. Unlike Prabakaran who died in the battle field Gota has been making several attempts to go away from this country.

    Jerome Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:22 AM

    Who let the dog out?

    Anne Karunaratne Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:30 AM

    He still hasn't officially resigned. Nobody knows if the stories on news are true or false since they keep changing by the hour, contradicting everything! What a mess we are in!!

    Menon Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:48 AM

    Has he really resigned????... I doubt.... this will add fuel to fire, if has not. The speaker is Mum.

    Lankan Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:53 AM

    Cowardly racist islamophobe ran away to Muslims for protection

    Punchi Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:56 AM

    We allowed GR and the Rajapakses to plunder our country in gratitude for his managing by elimination our minority fellow citizens. Now that the country has nothing we have turned against him

    joshua Wednesday, 13 July 2022 12:27 PM

    lasanda - are you in the dreamland? Whether you like or not the people have kicked out the Rajapakshes. You may sit and cry and cry. People like you never learn.


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