Crowd of protesters storm into Sri Lankan prime minister’s office

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Protesters have breached the gates to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office following a standoff with armed police.

Wickremesinghe, who was appointed acting President earlier on Wednesday, is not at his office and is not in immediate danger.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka for the Maldives along with his wife and two bodyguards aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane early Wednesday following widespread protests against the country’s months-long economic crisis.

Rajapaksa was expected to step down as president on July 13 after thousands of protesters stormed his and the prime minister’s official residences on Saturday.

A severe economic crisis has sparked shortages of food and fuel in Sri Lanka, deemed as the worst-ever economic crisis to hit the South Asian island nation.

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