BANGKOK: Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is anticipated to get there in Thailand on Thursday and keep quickly in a 2nd Southeast Asian nation considering that fleeing his island nation past month in the midst of mass protests.
Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 14 and resigned from place of work soon later on, adhering to unparalleled unrest over his government’s managing of the worst financial disaster in 7 decades, and times after countless numbers of protesters stormed the president’s formal home and workplace.
The previous army officer, who is the first Sri Lankan head of condition to give up mid-time period, is predicted to travel from Singapore to Thailand’s capital of Bangkok on Thursday, two sources said. It was unclear what time he would get there.
Thai authorities stated Rajapaksa had no intention of in search of political asylum and would only stay quickly.
“This is a humanitarian concern and there is an settlement that it can be a short-term keep,” Primary Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha advised reporters on Wednesday.
Prayuth also stated Rajapaksa could not take part in any political actions while in Thailand.
International minister Don Pramudwinai reported the recent Sri Lankan federal government supported Rajapaksa’s excursion to Thailand, incorporating that the previous president’s diplomatic passport would allow him to remain for 90 times.
Rajapaksa has built no general public appearances or comment because leaving Sri Lanka, and Reuters was not able to immediately make contact with him.
Sri Lanka’s economic disaster is a result of various components such as COVID-19, which battered its tourism-reliant economic climate and slashed remittances from staff overseas, mounting oil charges, populist tax cuts and a seven-month ban on the import of chemical fertilisers final calendar year that devastated agriculture.