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Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa Flees to Maldives, Air Force Says

  • Leader has yet to submit resignation letter to the speaker
  • Opposition seeking to cobble together a new government
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country for the Maldives on a military aircraft, an air force spokesman said on television, hours ahead of his expected resignation on Wednesday.    

The Sri Lankan Air Force provided an aircraft for the 73-year-old leader to leave the country following a decision by the security council, Air Force spokesman Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said on local television.