No Asylum: Sri Lanka President Flies From Maldives To Singapore On ‘Private Visit’

Singapore: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew from the Maldives and landed at Singapore’s Changi airport on Thursday evening on a Saudi airlines flight.

Gotabaya had to flee his official residence last weekend after thousands of protesters broke police barricades to storm the compound. After being in hiding for a few days, Gotabaya left for the Maldives on Wednesday in a Sri Lanka Air Force plane.

Today, Gotabaya took Saudi airline flight SV 788 from the Maldives to Singapore.

According to the Singapore foreign ministry, Gotabaya has not been granted asylum.

Singapore allowed Gotabaya to enter the city-state on a “private visit”, reported Reuters.

Back Opposition to propose name for Prime Minister tomorrow at 10 am

Back in crisis-torn Sri Lanka, the political imbroglio continued, with Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena likely to propose a consensus candidate for the post of Prime Minister, NewsWire reported quoting Opposition MP Dr Harsha de Silva.

There will be no Parliament session tomorrow as the President’s resignation letter is yet to come, the Speaker informed.

He added that Parliament will be convened within three days of receiving Gotabaya’s resignation letter.

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