Rajapaksa touched down in Colombo seven weeks after he fled the extraordinary protests triggered by an economic meltdown that many lay at his feet.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai says the current Sri Lankan government supported Gotabaya Rajapaksa's trip to Thailand, adding that the former president's diplomatic passport would allow him to stay for 90 days.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe aims to form an "all-party government" to battle the economic crisis that led to months of lengthy blackouts and shortages of food, fuel and medicine in Sri Lanka.
New President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed his school classmate Dinesh Gunawardena to succeed himself.
Three candidates have been nominated to replace former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country and resigned last week over the island's worsening economic crisis.
In his resignation letter to parliament, Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he did his "utmost" to avoid an economic catastrophe in Sri Lanka, but the coronavirus pandemic derailed his efforts.
Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will initiate steps to change the constitution to curb presidential powers and strengthen parliament and take legal action against “insurgents.”
Anti-government protesters withdraw from presidential palace, the presidential secretariat and the prime minister’s office but vow to press on with their demands
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane and landed in the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives, officials say.
Regular citizens, exasperated by months of crippling economic crisis, occupied government residences after three months of protests.
Sri Lanka’s opposition political parties will meet to agree on a new government a day after the country’s president and prime minister agreed to resign in the country’s most chaotic day following months of political turmoil.
Two members of parliament are under criminal investigation as officials said there is "direct evidence" against them for inciting violence at a peaceful anti-government protest.
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