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Sri Lanka crisis

Sri Lanka's ex-president Rajapaksa returns from brief self-exile

Former leader under tight security as nation faces surging inflation, tax increase

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former Sri Lankan president, fled the country in July.   © Reuters

COLOMBO -- Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled a country in crisis in July, returned late Friday night from Bangkok in an apparent end to his self-imposed exile.

Rajapaksa received a warm welcome at the airport from several government parliamentarians and other well-wishers under tight security, but the media was banned from covering his arrival.

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