Maldives: There was a strong protest in Maldives to expel Gotabaya Rajapakse, who has taken refuge in Maldives. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakse has been informed to leave the country by the Executive Director of the Maldives Ministry of Tourism Taiyip Shahim. In the Maldives, he requested the government not to grant asylum or refugee status to Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He told the government that the people of Maldives also supported the demand made by the people in Sri Lanka and asked them to leave the Maldives.
Demonstrators gripped the President’s House last Saturday as their livelihoods deteriorated due to the economic crisis. Prime Minister Ranil’s house was also set on fire. Gotabaya Rajapakse, who escaped earlier, announced today that he will step down from the presidency. He also signed the resignation letter. After this, Gotabaya decided to flee from Sri Lanka, considering that his life was threatened by the public. When his younger brother Basil arrived at the Colombo airport to go to America, the trip was interrupted by public protests.
In this case, Gotabaya Rajapakse has arrived at the same airport to travel to Dubai. But as the special service for important dignitaries has been stopped, the officials have told the passengers to go on their way. Gotabaya and others missed 4 flights, fearing that they would face opposition from the people if they went that way. Unable to travel to India by military aircraft, he returned to the naval base via the Gothapaya Sea.
In this case, early today, Gotabaya Rajapakse left Sri Lanka on an air force flight and took refuge in the Maldives as a refugee. Maldives Speaker and former President Nasheed took Gotabaya in his vehicle. This is the first time that a popularly elected president has fled Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Air Force and the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Gotabaya had fled Sri Lanka. As a first step, Tayyib Shahim, Executive Director of the Ministry of Tourism, posted this information on Twitter.
In the meantime, there is strong opposition in the Maldives that Gotabaya Rajapakse should not be granted refugee protection. Gotabaya Rajapakse should be expelled from Maldives by understanding the sentiments of Sri Lankan people; They also said that it could cause a rift in the relationship between Maldives and Sri Lanka.