The Sri Lankan president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has fled to the Maldives on a army jet hours earlier than he was resulting from resign on Wednesday, following days of extraordinary scenes together with his presidential palace and workplace being taken over by anti-government protesters.Following his departure, the prime minister’s workplace mentioned a state of emergency had been declared as protesters continued to attempt to storm authorities workplaces.The airforce confirmed that Rajapaksa, his spouse and two safety guards boarded a army plane within the early hours of Wednesday morning, after he invoked government powers to allow his escape.“Below the provisions of the structure and on a request by the federal government, the Sri Lanka air pressure supplied a airplane early at the moment to fly the president, his spouse and two safety officers to the Maldives,” an announcement mentioned.On their arrival within the Maldives capital of Malé at 3am, they had been greeted on the airport by the president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and his spouse. On the time of his departure on Wednesday morning, the president nonetheless had not submitted a letter of resignation.Protesters, activists and legal professionals have referred to as for the president to be prosecuted, together with varied Rajapaksa relations, over alleged corruption and human rights abuses.Nevertheless, whereas he’s nonetheless president, Rajapaksa enjoys immunity from arrest. It’s believed that Rajapaksa won’t formally resign till he reaches his ultimate vacation spot of the United Arab Emirates, which has lengthy been a haven for disgraced leaders.As information of his departure to the Maldives broke on Wednesday morning, protests broke out throughout the town of Colombo as individuals demanded he step down instantly. There was a heavy safety presence exterior the workplace of the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and teargas and water cannon had been deployed by police because the crowds gathered to demand the prime minister additionally step down.Rajapaksa’s escape to the Maldives adopted a dramatic 24 hours wherein he unsuccessfully tried varied technique of leaving the nation. He was blocked from boarding a business flight to Dubai on Monday night time after airport employees refused to stamp his passport within the VIP space of the airport. India additionally refused to offer permission for a army airport transporting him to land on its soil.The president’s youthful brother Basil Rajapaksa, who served as finance minister, was additionally prevented from boarding a flight to Dubai en path to the US the place he’s a twin citizen. Basil was additionally reported to have left the nation on Tuesday night time.Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected in 2019, has been resisting requires his resignation for months, as Sri Lanka has sunk deeper and deeper right into a monetary disaster for which he’s broadly blamed. Rajapaksa and 5 relations who held senior authorities posts stand accused of widespread corruption and financial mismanagement which left the nation with none international foreign money to import meals, gas and medicines, and pushed inflation to document ranges. Based on the UN, the island of twenty-two million individuals is dealing with a humanitarian disaster.Rajapaksa was compelled on the weekend to announce his intention to step down from energy this week, after lots of of 1000’s of protesters stuffed the town of Colombo and stormed into the presidential palace and workplaces, in addition to the official residence of the prime minister. They’ve occupied the buildings ever since, refusing to depart till each Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe step down.Based on the structure, if Rajapaksa steps down on Wednesday, then Wickremesinghe will routinely be put in his place. This may be extremely unpopular amongst anti-government protesters, who consider that Wickremesinghe – who took over as a caretaker prime minister two months in the past – was accountable for propping up the Rajapaksa regime. Wickremesinghe has agreed to step down when an all-party unity authorities is in place.Opposition events mentioned the unity authorities had been agreed in precept, although it was not clear who the brand new prime minister can be. If Rajapaksa’s resignation goes head as deliberate, parliament will reconvene on 15 July and MPs will vote on 20 July to determine the brand new president.