Sri Lanka’s ousted president Rajapaksa returns home

In this file photo taken on Nov 1, 2021, then 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)

Sri Lanka's ousted former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned home in the early hours of Saturday after fleeing the country in July, a senior security official said.

Rajapaksa resigned after protesters angered by a debilitating economic crisis stormed his office and residence.

He had fled to Singapore via the Maldives and then spent the past few weeks in Thailand.

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