Breaking news: State of emergency imposed in Sri Lanka after president flees


PM Ranil Wickremesinghe also declares curfew in Colombo after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to Maldives.

  • The Sri Lankan prime minister’s office has confirmed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country.
  • Rajapaksa, 73, left for the Maldives hours before he was expected to resign amid widespread protests over his handling of a devastating economic crisis.
  • Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency across the island nation.
  • Hundreds of protesters in Colombo continue to occupy the official residences of the president and the prime minister after both buildings were stormed on Saturday.
  • Sri Lanka is facing a severe shortage of fuel and other essential supplies and is seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund

source: aljazeera news