Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was ousted from energy final 12 months over his authorities’s mishandling of the cash-strapped nation’s financial system, has returned from Dubai, his first overseas journey since returning to Sri Lanka 4 months in the past.
Rajapaksa and his spouse Ayoma arrived at Bandaranaike Worldwide Airport right here from Dubai on Thursday, the Each day Mirror Lanka newspaper reported, quoting the airport obligation supervisor and spokesperson of the airport immigration division.
They arrived on an Emirates flight EK-650 from Dubai, the report stated.
Throughout his go to to Dubai, Rajapaksa visited the unique animal farm referred to as “Fame Park,” in line with information portal newsfirst.lk.
Rajapaksa,73, fled Sri Lanka to the Maldives on a Sri Lankan Airforce airplane in July, because the nation plunged into its worst financial and humanitarian disaster since its independence from Nice Britain in 1948.
He then proceeded to Singapore, from the place he submitted his resignation on July 14.
Weeks later, he flew to Thailand, searching for non permanent shelter.
Thailand stated Rajapaksa can keep within the nation for 90 days as a result of he’s nonetheless a diplomatic passport holder.
Nevertheless, he was not allowed to interact in political actions in Thailand.
He was confined to a resort and surrounded by safety personnel.
In September 2022, he was given particular safety and a state bungalow upon his return to Sri Lanka from Thailand.
Rajapaksa, an ex-military officer, turned the president in November 2019.
Rajapaksa, previously a twin citizen of each Sri Lanka and the US, had to surrender his US citizenship forward of the 2019 presidential elections.
As per Sri Lankan Structure, twin citizenship holders are barred from contesting elections.
His spouse Ioma, son Manoj, daughter-in-law Sewwandi and grandchild are, nonetheless, all US residents.
A corruption case in opposition to him when he was a high defence official was withdrawn quickly after he was elected in 2019.
Earlier this month, Rajapaksa utilized for restoration of his US citizenship after he did not get asylum in any nation, in line with The Sunday Occasions newspaper.
Nevertheless, the US authorities is but to contemplate the request, newspaper reported.
The Rajapaksa household has dominated Sri Lankan politics for over 20 years.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the 76-year-old patriarch and elder brother of Gotabaya was the nation’s president and prime minister.
Youthful brother Basil Rajapaksa, 71, was earlier finance minister.
Sri Lanka, a rustic of twenty-two million folks, goes by means of its worst financial disaster since its independence in 1948 which was triggered by a extreme paucity of overseas trade reserves.
In September, the IMF introduced that it’s going to present Sri Lanka with a mortgage of about USD 2.9 billion over 4 years below a preliminary settlement to assist the bankrupt island nation tide over its worst financial disaster and shield the livelihoods of the folks.
The nation can be anticipated to restructure its debt value USD 29 billion, with Japan anticipated to coordinate with different creditor nations, together with China on this concern.
In mid-April, Sri Lanka declared its worldwide debt default because of the foreign exchange disaster.
The nation owes USD 51 billion in overseas debt, of which USD 28 billion have to be paid by 2027.
There have been road protests in Sri Lanka in opposition to the federal government since early April resulting from its mishandling of the financial disaster.
A crippling scarcity of overseas reserves has led to lengthy queues for gasoline, cooking gasoline, and different necessities whereas energy cuts and hovering meals costs have heaped distress on the folks.