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Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa jets to Singapore, emails resignation

City-state says president has been granted entry but not asylum

COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka slipped deeper into a leadership crisis on Thursday, compounding its economic woes, as self-exiled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew to Singapore before tendering his resignation.

Rajapaksa had been scheduled to step down on Wednesday, but fled the country to the Maldives under the cover of night without handing in his resignation letter. On Thursday, he caught a Saudia flight to the Southeast Asian city-state, landing shortly after 7 p.m. local time.

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