Mahinda Rajapaksa won’t flee Sri Lanka – Namal

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Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will not flee the country, his son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa says.

Speaking to AFP, he said the Rajapaksa family had no plans to leave Sri Lanka despite weeks of protests demanding they relinquish power.

“There are a lot of rumours that we are going to leave. We will not leave the country,” he said, describing the surge of national anger against his family as a “bad patch”.

He added that Mahinda would not step down as a lawmaker and wanted to play an active role in choosing his successor.

Mahinda was taken to an undisclosed location after protesters on Monday night breached the compound fence at Temple Trees, his official residence in Colombo.

“My father is safe, he is at a safe location and he is communicating with the family,” said Namal.

Former Prime Minister, who resigned from the post yesterday (09), left the Temple Trees this morning.

He resigned amid mass protests against the government’s mismanagement of the escalating economic crisis.

The letter of resignation was sent to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last evening, following which the Secretary to the President issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification declaring the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of Prime Minister.