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No friends and a bumpy ride as Gotabaya flees Sri Lanka

A file photo from Nov 17, 2019, shows Sri Lanka's president Gotabaya Rajapaksa waving to supporters in Colombo. PHOTO: AFP
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For all the fine trappings he enjoyed in office as Sri Lanka's president, Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa's flight to safety was a bumpy one.

The Soviet-era Antonov AN-32 that ferried him, his wife and two bodyguards to safety to the Maldives is a sturdy and purely functional machine built for military transportation.

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