Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is on a personal go to and has not been granted asylum, the Singapore authorities stated immediately shortly earlier than his flight was anticipated to land within the metropolis state.
“It’s confirmed that Mr. Rajapaksa has been allowed entry into Singapore on a personal go to,” Singapore’s international ministry was quoted as saying by information company AFP.
“He has not requested for asylum and neither has he been granted any asylum. Singapore typically doesn’t grant requests for asylum,” the assertion learn.
Mr Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on board a Saudia airways flight this afternoon.
Quoting sources in Sri Lankan safety, AFP reported that he’s anticipated to remain in Singapore for a while, earlier than doubtlessly shifting to the United Arab Emirates.
The Sri Lankan President had taken left Colombo for Maldives late on Tuesday night. Final evening, he requested the Maldives authorities to rearrange a personal jet to fly him to Singapore, fearing public backlash, sources had stated.
Earlier than leaving Colombo, he had assured leaders that may ship in his resignation. Thirty-six hours on, that’s but to occur.
As president, Mr Rajapaksa enjoys immunity from arrest.
Again in Sri Lanka, protesters demanded that he preserve his promise to step down over the island nation’s worst-ever financial disaster.
At this time, the protesters vacated a number of of the emblematic state buildings that they had overrun earlier this week, together with the Presidential palace and the workplace of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
On Wednesday morning, shortly after Mr Rajapansa left, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency and requested safety forces to revive order.