Skip to content

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Leaves Presidential Home as Anger Rises

  • President has resisted calls for his resignation for months
  • There are no details about Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s whereabouts
Protestors gather inside the Sri Lanka’s Presidential Palace in Colombo on July 9.
Protestors gather inside the Sri Lanka’s Presidential Palace in Colombo on July 9.Source: AFP/Getty Images
Updated on

Protesters demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa breached security barricades and entered his official residence, braving tear gas and water cannons forcing the leader to leave his compound. 

Rajapaksa left his official residence at about 10:00 a.m. this morning, his secretary Gamini Senarath said over the phone, adding that he could not contact the leader currently and didn’t know his whereabouts. Earlier, French news agency Agence France-Presse cited an unidentified defense official as saying that Rajapaksa was escorted to safety away from the compound.