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Sri Lanka crisis

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa arrives in Thailand for temporary stay

Ousted former president not allowed to participate in politics while there

Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives at Don Mueang International Airport, in Bangkok on Aug. 11.    © Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Thailand on Thursday, according to three Reuters witnesses, as he seeks temporary shelter in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests.

Rajapaksa arrived at Bangkok's Don Muang airport on a chartered flight from Singapore after the city-state's immigration authority said in a statement on Thursday he had left Singapore.

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