Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka, and his wife will remain in Singapore rather than continue on to the Middle East.
According to media sources, the Sri Lankan President and his wife were supposed to fly to Jeddah on Saudia Airlines aircraft SV788, which they instead travelled to Singapore. By 7 o’clock this evening, Rajapaksa is anticipated to land in Singapore.
Rajapaksa, his wife Ioma Rajapaksa, and two security personnel were supposed to board a Singapore Airlines aircraft last night from Male to Singapore but did not do so as planned because of security concerns.
After large throngs of demonstrators surrounded his home on July 9, 73-year-old Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled and declared he would send in his resignation letter on Wednesday.
Later, Rajapaksa and his wife managed to get away to the Maldives. He then named Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister of Sri Lanka, as the country’s acting president.
The government communications department in Sri Lanka declared that a curfew will be in effect in the Colombo District from 12 p.m. today until 5 a.m. tomorrow.
In an effort to bring about peace in the nation, “GotaGoGama” demonstrators earlier in the day said that they would peacefully turn over any government-occupied structures, including the President’s residence, the Presidential Secretariat, and the Prime Minister’s office.