This Article is From Jul 13, 2022

Sri Lanka President Expected To Travel To Singapore From Maldives: 5 Latest Updates

The US embassy in Colombo has suspended consular services for 2 days. The embassy tweeted that the decision was taken "out of abundance of caution".

Protesters clashed with police, who used water cannons and teargas shells. (Reuters)

Colombo: Hours after it emerged that Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled to the Maldives, massive street protests have erupted in the island nation. President Rajapaksa is likely to leave for Singapore later today.

Here are the 5 latest developments:

  1. President Rajapaksa today landed in the Maldives. He left the country on a military aircraft with his wife and two bodyguards.

  2. According to reports, he is expected to leave for Singapore later today .He is likely to send his resignation letter only after reaching his final destination.

  3. Protesters have taken over Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's office following a clash with security personnel, who tried to hold them off using teargas shells and water cannons. 

  4. Sri Lanka's national television network, Rupavahini, briefly suspended broadcast after protesters entered the TV station. The telecast resumed later. 

  5. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is the acting President, has declared Emergency in the island nation as protests grow.

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