Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested entry into Thailand for a temporary stay in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests, the Thai foreign ministry said on Wednesday (Aug 10).
Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on Jul 14 following unprecedented unrest caused by Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis in seven decades, and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president's official residence and office.
He then resigned from the presidency, becoming the first Sri Lankan head of state to quit mid-term.
Rajapaksa is likely to leave Singapore and head to Thailand's capital Bangkok on Thursday, the Reuters news agency reported, citing two sources who asked not to be named. Sri Lanka's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.