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Sri Lanka crisis

Sri Lanka's ex-president Rajapaksa seeking entry to Thailand

His entry will be for a 'temporary stay,' Thai foreign ministry spokesman says

Sri Lanka's former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the foreground, fled to the Maldives and then Singapore last month.   © Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) -- 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.

Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 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.

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