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SL President flees to Maldives

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Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country on a military jet, to Maldives, the BBC reports.

The 73-year-old had arrived in the capital of the Maldives, Male, at around 03:00 local time (22:00 GMT).

He had left on an Antonov An-32 aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force, which had departed from the Katunayake air base at around 01.45am, reports say.

The President, his wife and a security official had left in this manner.

BBC also reports that the President's brother - former Finance minister - Basil Rajapaksa has also left the country and is said to be heading to the US.

'As news of the president's departure filtered through, noisy chanting broke out among demonstrators at Galle Face Green, the main protest site in the capital city, Colombo,' BBC further adds.

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