France Presse: Plane carrying Sri Lankan president lands in Singapore
MOSCOW, July 14 – RIA Novosti. Agence France-Presse reported that the plane carrying Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore.
Earlier, the media reported that Rajapaksa flew from the Maldives to Singapore and then went to Saudi Arabia.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife Yoma, and two of his bodyguards were on the Saudia flight that landed at Singapore Changi Airport at 7:17 p.m. local time (14:17 Moscow time).
At the end of April, mass street protests began in Colombo against the government of President Gotabai Rajapaksa. Street protesters accuse the government of pursuing an economic policy that led to the worst economic crisis in the country’s history. On Saturday, July 9, protesters seized the residences of the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa, who had previously announced his intention to resign, left the country on the morning of Wednesday, July 13. Protests resumed on Wednesday after the President did not hand over his promised resignation to the Speaker of the Assembly, contrary to the opposition’s expectations, and appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose resignation is demanded by protesters, as interim president.
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