Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence in the capital, a senior defense ministry official told AFP, before television showed scenes showing demonstrators calling for the president's resignation as they stormed the compound.
"The president is in a safe place," the source said, adding that soldiers fired in the air to prevent angry protesters from seizing the presidential palace.
Meanwhile, protesters set fire to the home of Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, according to Al Arabiya.
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced his intention to resign from his post, against the backdrop of violent protests that swept the Asian country.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to resign after party leaders in parliament demanded that he and the embattled president step down, on the day protesters stormed the president's residence and office.
The Prime Minister's spokesman, Denok Kulambag, said on Saturday that Ranil Wickremesinghe had told party leaders that he would resign when all parties agreed to form a new government.
Sri Lanka is experiencing the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948, and last week, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sent a letter to the Russian President requesting cooperation between the two countries in oil purchases.
On June 22, 2022, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, announced the collapse of the country's economy, and said: "The country is facing a very serious situation that goes beyond the mere shortage of fuel, gas, electricity and food... Our economy has completely collapsed."