Sri Lanka’s President flees the country on private jet
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country on a military jet, amid mass protests over its economic crisis.
The 73-year-old arrived in the capital of the Maldives, Male, at around 22:00 GMT).
Mr.. Rajapaksa’s departure ends a family dynasty that has ruled Sri Lanka for decades.
He had been in hiding after crowds stormed his residence on Saturday though he has earlier promised to resign this week.
His brother, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, has also left the country, sources have told the BBC. He is said to be heading to the US.