colombo [Sri Lanka]Sept 3 (ANI): Sri Lanka’s exiled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned home early Saturday morning after fleeing the country in July, a senior security official said.
The former leader fled the country as the economic crisis fueled angry protests, according to UK-based media. Rajapaksa resigned after protesters, angry at the debilitating economic crisis, stormed his office and residence.
The former president fled the county on July 9, following a massive uproar calling for his resignation.
Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka in the early hours of July 13 after mass protests erupted in Colombo and demonstrators angered by the country’s economic crisis stormed his official residence and offices.
He resigned as president after arriving in Singapore, where he was issued a 14-day visit pass.
He fled to Singapore via the Maldives and then spent several weeks in Thailand. He returned almost two months after fleeing to Thailand.
On August 11, the former president arrived in Thailand at the request of the Sri Lankan government. The Mirihana residence is under strict security. However, Thailand has denied reports that the former president of Sri Lanka has sought asylum in the country.
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had received a request from Rajapaksa to visit Thailand with no intention of seeking political asylum.
According to Daily Mirror deputy editor Jamila Husain, Rajapaksa arrived in Sri Lanka on a Singapore Airlines flight.
“….and the man is back…Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Sri Lanka a short time ago on a Singapore Airlines plane. Several ministers waited to welcome him at the BIA. No media allowed. He will be provided with all facilities given to the former president,” Hussein tweeted.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe made arrangements for his return at the request of Sri Lanka’s Podjana Pelamna (SLPP). As a result, the president reportedly contacted Rajapaksa to discuss arrangements for his return, the Daily Mirror reported, citing sources close to Sri Lanka. he.
Earlier, Udayanga Weeratunga, a former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia who has ties to Gotabaya, hinted that Rajapaksa would return home on August 24.
Thailand is the second country in Southeast Asia after the Maldives, and Rajapaksa was seeking temporary refuge after fleeing the island nation last month amid mass protests. Sri Lankan parliamentary speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced Rajapaksa’s formal resignation on 15 July.
He was appointed interim president of Sri Lanka as Rajapaksa fled abroad after angry protesters stormed his palace amid an unprecedented economic crisis.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. This follows successive waves of COVID-19 and threatens to undermine years of development progress, severely undermining the country’s ability to meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Ani)
http://www.singaporenews.net/news/272715410/sri-lanka-ousted-president-rajapaksa-returns-home-official Sri Lanka’s Exiled President Rajapakse Returns Home: Official