Former Sri Lankan president returns home after 7 weeks of ‘fleeing abroad’

Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had fled the country to escape anti-government protesters after ruining the national economy, returned to Sri Lanka on the 3rd (local time) after seven weeks of escaping, the Associated Press reported.

Former President Rajapaksa, who had been on the run in Thailand, returned home from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka this morning, via Bangkok and Singapore.

Airport officials said some ministers and politicians handed flowers when former President Rajapaksa arrived at the airport.

Former President Rajapaksa fled abroad in July to escape anti-government protesters. While he was escaping to Singapore via the Maldives, he submitted a death certificate by email. He has been staying in Bangkok, Thailand since last month.

As former President Rajapaksa returns to South Korea, there are concerns that the political situation in Sri Lanka could fall into chaos for the time being, including clashes between those seeking punishment and supporters.

Sri Lankans have been protesting on the streets for months demanding democratic reforms and a solution to the collapse of the economy.

Sri Lanka is in serious economic trouble as its main industry, tourism, has collapsed. In May, it declared a default (default) because it could not meet the national debt. The external debt is about 50 billion dollars (about 65.3 trillion won).


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