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Gotabaya Rajapaksa News: In preparation for going from Singapore to Bangkok, Gotabaya Rajapaksa sought permission for entry from Thailand

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Bangkok: Sri Lanka’s deposed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought permission to enter Thailand. Gotabaya is currently serving a Ferrari in Singapore. They had reached Singapore via Maldives on 14 July. The unprecedented unrest caused by Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis in seven decades and thousands of protesters storming the Rashtrapati Bhavan forced Gotabaya Rajapaksa to leave the country. After arriving in Singapore, Gotabaya Rajapaksa sent his resignation from the presidency to the Speaker of Parliament via email. He is the first President in the history of Sri Lanka to resign without completing his term.

Rajapaksa to reach Bangkok from Singapore on Thursday
Two sources close to the Thai Foreign Ministry said Rajapaksa is expected to leave Singapore on Thursday and travel to Thailand’s capital Bangkok. Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to questions about Gotabaya’s visit to Bangkok. Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tani Sangrat said Rajapaksa holds a diplomatic passport that allows him to enter the country for 90 days. He did not say when Rajapaksa wanted to visit.

Gotabaya will go to other countries from Thailand too
Sangarat said the former Sri Lankan President’s entry into Thailand is for a temporary stay. He also said that the Sri Lankan side has informed us that former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has no intention of seeking political asylum in Thailand and will travel to another country later. Rajapaksa has not appeared in public anywhere since leaving Sri Lanka, nor has he issued a statement. The Singapore government said this month that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not given any privileges or exemptions in his country.

Gotabaya, a former military officer and defense minister
73-year-old Gotabaya Rajapaksa had served as an officer in the army for a long time before becoming president. He has also served as the Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka. During this time, he gave a free hand to the Sri Lankan army to deal with the LTTE. After which in 2009, Sri Lankan army eliminated terrorism from the country by killing LTTE chief Prabhakaran. During this time the Sri Lankan army was accused of widespread human rights abuses and serious charges of war crimes. However, Rajapaksa has always denied these allegations.

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