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Sri Lankan president flees country before scheduled resignation

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By Uditha Jayasinghe and Devjyot Ghoshal COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country early on Wednesday, two sources told Reuters, hours before he was due to step down amid widespread protests over his handling of a devastating economic crisis. The president’s departure was first reported by the Associated Press. The AP report said he was bound for the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives. Rajapaksa, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane, an immigration official told Reuters. The official said immigration authorities could no…

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