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#BREAKING Sri Lanka’s embattled leader leaves Maldives on Saudi plane

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left Maldives after fleeing his own country amid an economic collapse.

He boarded a Saudi Airlines plane on Wednesday that will take him to Singapore and then to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a Maldives government officials said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Update: Plane carrying Sri Lankan president lands in Singapore

Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka early Wednesday as protesters were taking over government buildings to demand he resign.

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