Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves the country on a military plane and arrives in the Maldives – Corriere.it

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakse left the country in a military plane and arrived in the Maldives. A move that seemed to announce his resignation

Chairman of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapakse, left the country He arrived in Maldives in a military plane. A move to announce his resignation after months of widespread protests over the worst economic crisis in the nation’s history. After thousands of protesters besieged his official residence on Saturday, Rajapaksa promised to step down today, paving the way for a peaceful transition of power. Rajapaksa benefits from presidential immunity and cannot be detained domestically for seeking asylum abroad. The 73-year-old president was accompanied by his wife and a bodyguard in an Antonov-32 plane that took off from the main international airport.Immigration officials said. Their passports were stamped and they boarded a special air force plane, an official told AFP.

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A source from Malin airport confirmed to AFP the arrival of the president, who was transferred to an undisclosed location after landing in the Maldives, a group of islands south-east of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. Over the weekend, the president walked out of his residence under pressure from thousands of protesters Finally those who entered the presidential compound. TheThe president and his wife spent the night before the trip trying to get to a military base in Dubai. According to official sources. But at the airport, immigration officials refused to allow him to go to the VIP lounge to stamp his passport. Rajapaksa preferred to avoid the public terminal for fear of public reaction. His brother Basil, who resigned as finance minister in April, was also unable to board the flight to Dubai.

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July 13, 2022 (July 13, 2022 Change | 08:42)

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