Deposed and fled Sri Lanka president returns

Rajapaksa was greeted with flower garlands by some ministers seven weeks after his flight.

In July, large-scale protests in economically troubled Sri Lanka had prompted Rajapaksa to flee the country and resign. Protesters stormed the presidential palace, among other things. They swam in the pool and lay on the president’s bed:

After Rajapaksa’s departure, parliament elected then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new president. He will in principle remain head of state of the country until the elections in 2024.

At the end of July, Wickremesinghe said he did not think the time was right for Rajapaksa to return. “I have no reason to think that he intends to,” Wickremesinghe told The Wall Street Journal at the time. He did indicate at the time that the former president would return at some point.

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