Thailand has received Rajapakse’s request to enter the country, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesperson Thani Sangarat said in a social media post on Wednesday.
As a holder of a Sri Lankan diplomatic passport, Raja can enter Thailand without a visa for up to 90 days from Pak, Sangarth said, stressing that the ousted leader’s stay is temporary and he is not seeking political asylum. .
There was anger. Sri Lanka has been on the rise for months as the country’s foreign exchange reserves fell to record lows, running out of dollars to pay for essential imports including food, medicine and fuel.
The former leader’s hasty exit last month was a historic moment for the nation of 22 million, which Rajapaksa had ruled with an iron fist for the past two decades before losing the trust of his citizens.
Rajapakse is not the first member of the family to become president. His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected to the top post in 2005 and achieved legendary status in 2009 when he declared victory in the 26-year civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelum rebels.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was serving as defense secretary at the time, and the brothers were accused by rights groups of committing war crimes — charges the family denies.
More recently, many Sri Lankans have accused Rajapaksa of ruining the country’s economy.
Wickremesinghe appears to be distancing himself from Rajapaksa, telling CNN last month that the previous government was “hiding the truth” about its crippling financial crisis.