It is worth noting that Gotabaya had moved from Sri Lanka to Thailand amid a months-long mass movement against the worst economic crisis in the country.
Rajapaksa returned to Colombo from Thailand on Friday and was received on the occasion at Bandaranaike airport. Rajapaksa reached Colombo from Bangkok via Singapore amidst tight security. Party leaders and ministers welcomed him with flowers at the airport. The airport’s duty manager said that the former president arrived here on a Singapore Airlines flight at 11.30 pm on Friday.
Officials said the former president wanted to stay at his private residence Mirihana in Nugegoda, Colombo’s eastern suburbs, but could not go there due to security reasons. He lived in his private residence before and after becoming the President in 2019.
He said Rajapaksa, 73, who was received by the ruling party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) lawmakers, left the airport with armed soldiers in a convoy of cars amid heavy security and reached Cinnamon Garden, a posh residential area in Colombo, where he was given a government bungalow. given to live.
According to the ‘Daily Mirror’ newspaper, Rajapaksa will be staying in Vijerma Mwatha area in Colombo, where a large number of security forces have been deployed to maintain security.
The News First portal quoted Saman Eknayake, Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka, as saying that Rajapaksa will be given all the facilities that are given to the former Presidents of the country.
Under the constitution, former presidents are given a house, personal security and staff.