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Sri Lanka's Deposed Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns from Exile

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Last Updated: September 03, 2022, 00:15 IST

Colombo

Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled from Sri Lanka after a massive crowd stormed his official residence on July 13, 2022. (Image: AFP/File)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled from Sri Lanka after a massive crowd stormed his official residence on July 13, 2022. (Image: AFP/File)

Rajapaksa was garlanded with flowers by a welcoming party of ministers and politicians as he disembarked at the main international airport, the official said

Sri Lanka’s deposed former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to the country Friday, an airport official said, seven weeks after he fled in the face of angry protests over the island’s worst-ever economic crisis.

Rajapaksa was garlanded with flowers by a welcoming party of ministers and politicians as he disembarked at the main international airport, the official said, adding that the 73-year-old leader had returned from Bangkok via Singapore.

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first published:September 03, 2022, 00:15 IST
last updated:September 03, 2022, 00:15 IST