The secretary to the ministry of defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and wife Ayoma fled to Maldives by an Air Force plane as soon as the results started to flow in, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
No Visa required while Singapore the other neighbouring country with No Visa Requirement refused to allow Military flight.
“For a moment don’t believe Mahinda Rajapaksa gave up like a gentleman. He wanted to declare an Emergency and annul the Election results and sent for the Attorney General and asked him to prepare the necessary papers. The AG refused and it is only then that he sent for Ranil Wickermesinghe and said he will go peacefully and asked for safe passage.” a source close to Ranil Wickremesinghe told Colombo Telegraph.
This is why releasing the results was delayed. Ranil accompanied him to President’s House in the Fort. He is now holed up in a house at 260/12 Torrington Avenue gifted to him by a crony businessman.
A source close to airport controller of the Male airport, told Colombo Telegraph that Gotabaya had landed in Male with eight people and six of them had immediately took a seaplane out. But the source couldn’t confirm who were the two people flown back to Colombo.
As Colombo Telegraph reported this morning Rajapaksa was getting set to dissolve parliament. As sitting President, Rajapaksa is empowered to dissolve the parliament until the Elections Commissioner declares the final result.
A Maldivian twitter user called National Security tweeted in Dhivehi language;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives tweeted “No senior official of the previous Government in #SriLanka has travelled to the #Maldives after the elections”. Maldivian twitter users have challenged Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives’ denial;
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Rajapaksa sons were packed off to China.
This story is updated to add the twitter pictures.