Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been given special security and a government bungalow by the government on his return home from Thailand.
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Former President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapakse He has been given special security and a government bungalow by the government on his return home from Thailand. Officials gave this information on Saturday. 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 Friday night at 11.30 pm on a Singapore Airlines flight.
Officials said the former president wanted to stay at his private residence Mirihana in Nugegoda, an eastern suburb of Colombo, 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.
Gotabaya will live in this area of Colombo
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, 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.
Gotabaya had fled the country on July 13
Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on July 13 after months of protests demanding his resignation in Sri Lanka turned violent on July 9, amid an unprecedented economic crisis. At that time, protesters stormed several other government buildings, including the presidential residence in Colombo.