According to his cousin, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will return to Sri Lanka on August 24.

After fleeing Sri Lanka on a military plane to the Maldives and then spending weeks in Singapore, Rajapaksa, the only president of Sri Lanka to resign mid-term, is currently seeking refuge in Thailand.

In New Delhi: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka, may return to the island nation next week after leaving amid widespread protests in July, according to a report on Wednesday by the local channel Newsfirst, which cited his cousin and former ambassador.


According to Newsfirst, Rajapaksa's relative Udayanga Weeratunga, a former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia, announced his arrival in Sri Lanka on August 24.


Weeratunga, who served as Sri Lanka's ambassador to Russia from 2006 to 2015, said, "He talked to me on the phone, and I can assure you he will return to the country next week."


The former president shouldn't run for office again, according to Weeratunga, "but he can still provide some service to the country as he had done previously."


After fleeing Sri Lanka on a military plane to the Maldives and then spending weeks in Singapore, Rajapaksa, the only president of Sri Lanka to resign mid-term, is currently seeking refuge in Thailand.


As a result of public outrage at his government's handling of Sri Lanka's biggest economic crisis since its 1948 separation from Britain, he resigned from office not long after landing in Singapore.


Not using state funds


In the meantime, Rajapaksa's abroad stay is not being paid for by the present administration, according to the new Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe.


Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is not using public funds for any out-of-country expenses, according to a statement from the government's information office, according to Sri Lanka's Newswire.


The agency stated, "All such charges met by the personal funds of the previous President."


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