Mahinda Rajapaksa will not flee Sri Lanka, says report

Colombo: Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters and sparked a day of violence, will not flee the country, his son said.

Sri Lanka is witnessing protests over its dire financial situation, which has caused the Sri Lankan rupee to plunge, provoking severe shortages of basic items such as food, fuel and medical supplies.

A protest has begun in front of the Trincomalee Naval Base after reports Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his family members are there after leaving Temple Trees, the official residence of Prime Minister.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s House in Kurunegala was set on fire by protesters while a mob also destroyed D A Rajapaksa Memorial – constructed in the memory of the father of Mahinda and Gotabaya – in Medamulana, Hambantota.