His exit from the country comes amid an economic crisis that has left people facing shortages of fuel and food. Activists upset with the situation have vowed to remain in the presidential palace until the leader has been replaced.
The president of Sri Lanka has fled the country after protesters stormed his home and office amid a three-month economic crisis.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane bound for the city of Male – the capital of the Maldives.
It comes just days after activists took over his residence and the official home of the country’s prime minister over their outrage at the current economic situation.
Mr. Rajapaksa had agreed to step down, while PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would leave once a new government was in place.
However, the promised resignations have not put an end to the crisis, with protesters vowing to occupy the official buildings until the top leaders are gone.
People have flocked to the presidential palace, swimming in its pool, playing games in its corridors and having picnics in its garden.
Many took their children with them as they survey the opulence as schools have been closed for the last couple of weeks because there isn’t enough electricity to run them.