Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa leaves Singapore

Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa leaves Singapore

SINGAPORE : Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa left Singapore on Thursday August 11 after entering the country about a month ago on a short-term visit pass.

Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA confirmed that Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa left Singapore on August 11, 2022, said the agency in response to media queries.

Rajapaksa's short-term visit pass was due to expire on Thursday.

He was initially given a 14 day visit pass when he arrived in Singapore on July 14. This was extended by another 14 days until Aug 11.

Rajapaksa, who fled Sri Lanka amid mass protests over his country's economic crisis, is expected to arrive in Thailand on Thursday.

Thai authorities said he had no intention of seeking political asylum and would only stay temporarily.

Prime Minister Prayuth Prayuth Chan-o- Cha told reporters on Wednesday that this is a humanitarian issue and there is an agreement that it is a temporary stay.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the current Sri Lankan government supports Rajapaksa's trip to Thailand, and said that the former president's diplomatic passport would allow him to stay for 90 days.

Tens of thousands of people overran Mr Rajapaksa's official residence last month over the acute shortage of food, fuel and medicine, prompting him to flee to the Maldives and then to Singapore, where he announced his resignation.

Critics and protesters accuse him and his family of mishandling the economy during his term as president, leading to the country's worst financial crisis since independence from Britain in 1948.