World

Former president returns to Sri Lanka two months after resigning and fleeing

Manifestantes desmontam acampamento de protesto em Colombo, no início de agosto: Gotabaya Rajapaksa retorna ao país um dia após definição de um pré-acordo para programa de resgate junto ao FMI
Protesters dismantle protest camp in Colombo, early August: Gotabaya Rajapaksa returns to the country one day after defining a pre-agreement for a rescue program with the IMF| Photo: EFE/EPA/CHAMILA KARUNARATHNE

8014618424001Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka this Friday (2), nearly two months after he was forced to to resign and flee the country as a result of a wave of demonstrations provoked by a serious economic crisis. Rajapaksa landed at Bandaranaike International Airport, in the capital, Colombo, and was received by Ministers Tiran Alles and Prasanna Ranatunga.8014618424001Manifestantes desmontam acampamento de protesto em Colombo, no início de agosto: Gotabaya Rajapaksa retorna ao país um dia após definição de um pré-acordo para programa de resgate junto ao FMI The former president was forced to flee the presidential palace in Colombo on July 9 when thousands of people stormed the site in the climax of months of anti-government demonstrations over the economic collapse the country has entered. Four days later, on in July, the former president left the Sri Lanka, traveling to at least three countries. Lastly, I was in Thailand.80146184240018014618424001The current government of Sri Lanka had guaranteed that the former president could return to the country, but “at the right time”.

Rajapaksa returns a day after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced a pre-agreement with Sri Lanka to provide a $2.9 billion rescue program for the country to restore fiscal balance. However, the IMF has warned that local political stability is essential to obtain the necessary loans.

Back to top button