COLOMBO/SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – Outgoing Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on Thursday, flight tracking data showed, after fleeing mass protests over his country’s economic meltdown, and troops patrolled the capital Colombo to enforce a curfew.
A passenger on the flight, who declined to be named, told Reuters that Rajapaksa was met by a group of security guards and was seen leaving the airport VIP area in a convoy of black vehicles.
Singapore’s foreign ministry said Rajapaksa had entered the country on a private visit, and had not sought or been granted asylum.
Rajapaksa, who fled to the Maldives on Wednesday to escape a popular uprising over his family’s role in a crippling economic crisis, headed on to Singaporeon a Saudi Arabian airline flight, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Rajapaksa has yet to resign despite promising to do so by Wednesday, which has stirred renewed uncertainty in crisis-ridden Sri Lanka.