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Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa could join Sri Lanka from Thailand on Saturday: report

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Dove: Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to return from Thailand on Saturday. This information was given in a media report on Thursday. Gotabaya Rajapaksa (73) left the country after a rebellion against his government amid Sri Lanka’s biggest economic crisis.

Protesters’ demand for his resignation gained momentum on July 9, when protesters stormed the president’s residence in Colombo and other government buildings in the capital. Rajapaksa left the country on July 13.

The ‘Daily Mirror’ news portal quoted a source close to Rajapaksa as saying that Rajapaksa would return to the country on Saturday. The former president had traveled to the Maldives on a Sri Lanka Air Force plane, from where he flew to Singapore and submitted his resignation on July 13. After that, he went to Thailand and took temporary refuge.

Can stay in Thailand for 90 days
Thai Foreign Minister D Pramuduvinai said former President Rajapaksa could stay in Thailand for up to 90 days as he still holds a diplomatic passport. Rajapaksa is currently staying at a hotel in Bangkok, the Thai capital, where police have advised him to stay indoors for security reasons.

After Rajapaksa’s ousting, the Sri Lankan parliament appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new president. According to media reports, Wickremesinghe has made arrangements for Rajapaksa’s return. Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna, led by the Rajapaksa family, had asked to make arrangements for Gotabaya’s return.

Keywords: economic crisis, Sri Lanka, world news

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