Rajapaksa and his wife, Loma Rajapaksa, and his two security officials were scheduled to travel today to Singapore on Saudi Airlines flight SV788 and were expected to land in Jeddah. He was expected to arrive in Singapore at 7 pm. But due to security concerns, they will not travel further to the Middle East and will stay back in Singapore.
Following the protests all around Columbia, the crowds of protesters stormed the Presidential building on July 9th. The people demanded the President’s resignation following the crisis in the Sri Lankan states. Later, Rajapaksa and his wife managed to get away to the Maldives. He then appointed 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 would be in effect in the Colombo District from noon today until 5 a.m. tomorrow.
To bring about peace in the nation, “GotaGoGama” demonstrators earlier in the day declared that they would peacefully turn over any government-occupied structures, including the President’s residence, the Presidential Secretariat, and the Prime Minister’s office. The nation is going through its worst economic crisis with skyrocketing inflation and a significant scarcity of fuel and other basic goods. Government offices and schools have been forced to close indefinitely due to a lack of oil supplies.
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The shortages have been exacerbated by decreased domestic agricultural production, a lack of foreign exchange reserves, and a decline in the value of local currencies.
In addition to the 500,000 people who the World Bank estimates have slipped below the poverty line as a result of the pandemic, the economic crisis will push families into hunger and poverty, some for the first time.
Rajapaksa announced that he would hand over his resignation on Wednesday, amid public anger over the economic crisis. but he failed to do so.
The leader, immune from prosecution because he is the president, is thought to have intended to leave Sri Lanka before resigning to prevent the risk of being detained by the new administration. It does so after the curfew was extended for a second day on Thursday by acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe. To put an end to protests, his government imposed a curfew on Friday from noon.
On the contrary, Singapore’s government officials made it clear that “Rajapaksa was allowed entry on a private visit.” He hasn’t requested asylum, and he hasn’t been given any either. Typically, Singapore denies claims for refuge. ” The foreign ministry of Singapore announced that he had arrived. Singapore had earlier served as a host to many controversial figures. Rajapaksa’s further stay in Singapore could attract global international criticism. However, sources claim that it is unlikely that the Singaporean government will permit him to stay for very long.
This past week, the country’s economic problems have become the focus of the largest protests since April. The shortages have been exacerbated by decreased domestic agricultural production, a lack of foreign exchange reserves, and a decline in the value of local currencies. In addition to the 500,000 people who the World Bank estimates have slipped below the poverty line as a result of the pandemic, the economic crisis will push families into hunger and poverty, some for the first time. Many people blame Rajapaksa for the current condition of the country.