Ex-president Rajapaksa expected to return to Sri Lanka

In this file photo taken in Nov 1, 2021, Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presents his national statement as part of the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. (ANDY BUCHANAN / POOL / AFP)

COLOMBO – Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to return to the country from Singapore, cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Gunawardena said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa went to Singapore through formal channels and it was not accurate to say he was hiding.

Rajapaksa left Sri Lanka for the Maldives on July 13 and arrived in Singapore from the Maldives a day later.

Sri Lanka's Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced the official resignation of Rajapaksa on July 15.  

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