Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country on a military jet, amid mass protests over the economic crisis.
The BBC understands that the Head of State arrived in the capital of the Maldives, Male, at around 03:00 am local time.
Airport sources confirm that the President, his wife and another security officer had left the Bandaranaike International Airport at 1.45 am today.
The group left Sri Lanka on an Antonov 32 aircraft belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force.
However, videos on social media show how the motorcade of the President met with strong opposition from the Sri Lankan community in the Maldives, when leaving the airport premises.
Foreign sources report that the President will flee elsewhere from the Maldives.
The President’s whereabouts were unknown since Saturday (9), when protesters stormed the President’s House, the Presidential Secretariat, and the Temple Trees.
The Hindu yesterday reported that the President’s visa for the US was rejected.
Meanwhile, sources have told the BBC that Former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, has also left the crisis-hit country.
According to the BBC, Basil Rajapaksa was prevented from leaving the country 24-hours earlier but is now said to be heading to the US.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to resign today (13) amid mass protests over the worsening economic crisis.