Former Lanka President, Gotabaya leaves Singapore

Former Lanka President, Gotabaya fled to Singapore after his short visit to the Maldives.

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The former president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksha has left Singapore after almost a month of stay. It is said that he had left the City State on Thursday 11th August.

This comes after The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore confirmed that he left the nation on Thursday.

Rajapaksa was given a 14 day visa and the Singaporean Authorities claimed that he was visiting the City State on a “personal capacity”. He had left Sri Lanka shortly after his resignation earlier in July after the country erupted into protests over his government’s gross economic mismanagement, fuel, food and foreign exchange shortages.

This came after a massive crowd had stormed the Presidential Palace in the capital of Colombo and set the Rajapaksa’s residence ablaze.

He fled to Singapore after his short visit to the Maldives.

There have been reports of the Thailand receiving a request from the former president for asylum in the country.

The Thai Foreign Minister said that they had received a request from Rajapaksa to visit the country, however the Thai Authorities said that they had no intentions of granting asylum to the fugitive president.

Almost a month back, in July, the Sri Lanka Parliament elected former Prime Minister Ranil Vikramasinghe as the new president and Dinesh Jayawardena was appointed as the new Prime Minister.