Thailand will allow a “temporary stay” for former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled his island nation last month in the midst of mass protests.
Former Sri Lanka leader targets Thailand
Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to arrive in Thailand and stay temporarily in a second Southeast Asian country since fleeing his island nation last month in the midst of mass protests.
Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 14 and resigned from office shortly afterwards, following mass unrest over his government’s handling of the country’s worst economic crisis in seven decades, and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president’s official residence and office.
The former military officer, who is the first Sri Lankan head of state to quit mid-term, is expected to travel from Singapore to Thailand’s capital of Bangkok on Thursday, two sources said.
Thai authorities said Rajapaksa had no intention of seeking political asylum and would only stay temporarily.