Plane carrying Sri Lankan president lands in Singapore: AFP

Publish: 9:37 PM, July 14, 2022 | Update: 9:37:PM, July 14, 2022

A plane carrying Sri Lanka’s president arrived in Singapore from the Maldives Thursday, according to AFP reporters, a day after he escaped to the atoll nation.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife Ioma and their two bodyguards were on board the Saudia airline plane, an airport official earlier told AFP.

The aircraft landed at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 7:17 pm (1117 GMT), according to AFP journalists on site.

Journalists had descended on Changi after news emerged that the president was heading to the city-state.

Rajapaksa, 73, fled Sri Lanka after protesters overran his palace on the weekend as the country grapples with a dire economic crisis.

He is expected to look to stay in the city-state for some time, according to Sri Lankan security sources, before potentially moving to the United Arab
Emirates.