Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return to crisis-hit Sri Lanka on September 3

Colombo, September 2nd: Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country after anti-government protesters stormed his official residence on July 13, will return to the crisis-hit island nation on Saturday.

Sinhalese Buddhist majority in November 2019 after months of street protests over the country’s worst-ever economic crisis, which has led to acute shortages of basic necessities such as food, fuel, medicine and cooking gas Rajapaska, who came to power in a vote of He resigned two and a half years before the expiration of his term. Economic crisis in Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in the nearby country, and will return on Wednesday, said Chairman Mahinda Abeywardena.

Rajapaksa first secretly fled to the Maldives and then to Singapore after the intervention of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed. Following the intervention of the Sri Lankan government, Rajapaksa, who holds a diplomatic passport, flew to Thailand, where he was allowed to stay for 90 days.

Rajapaksa’s first escape attempt to the United States, where his son lives with his family, failed when Washington refused to provide him with a visa. A former dueling citizen, Rajapaksa had to renounce his US citizenship in order to run for the 2019 presidential election.

“The president should not have left the country, but he could have given up his presidency while living in Sri Lanka,” said Jagat Kumara, a member of parliament for the Sri Lanka Podujana Pelamna (SLPP) party in Rajapaksa. Speaking to the media on Friday, he welcomed his return. former leader.

“He is a citizen of this country and no one can put the law into his or her hands,” a member of parliament said when asked about the former president’s well-being. Earlier, Rajapaksa said it was not safe to return to the country.

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