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  1. Gotabaya Rajapaksa Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa RWP RSP ( Sinhala: නන්දසේන ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ; Tamil: நந்தசேன கோட்டாபய ராஜபக்ச; born 20 June 1949) is a former Sri Lankan military officer and politician, who served as the eighth President of Sri Lanka from 18 November 2019 until his resignation on 14 July 2022. [6]

  2. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Gotabaya also spelled Gotabhaya, (born June 20, 1949, Palatuwa, Matara district, Sri Lanka), Sri Lankan military officer and politician who served as secretary to the Ministry of Defense (2005–15) during the final years of the country’s civil war and later as president (2019–22).

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  3. Sep 02, 2022 · CNN — After more than 50 days, he’s back. Runaway former Sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to Colombo early on Saturday, Sri Lankan airport and security officials confirmed. The...

  4. Sep 02, 2022 · Sri Lanka's former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled abroad after mass protests in July, has returned to the country. Mr Rajapaksa had been staying in Thailand on a temporary visa and flew ...

    • The Rise of The Rajapaksas
    • Brief Hiatus and Comeback
    • ‘Fall from Grace’

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not the first member of the family to have been president. His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who like Gotabaya was widely considered a “war hero” among the majority population, was elected President in 2005 and achieved near legendary statusin 2009 when he declared victory in the 26-year civil war against the Liberation Tigers of...

    While the civil war did much to create Mahinda Rajapaksa’s legend, it also contained the first signs of his downfall. According to a 2011 United Nations report, government troops were responsible for abuses including the intentional shelling of civilians, summary executions, rape, and blocking food and medicine from reaching affected communities. T...

    Still, as had happened to his brother, cracks began to emerge in Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s presidency as questions over his government’s economic management continued to grow. Experts say Sri Lanka’s economic problems were not entirely the government’s fault – but its woes were made worse by a series of bad decisions. Murtaza Jafferjee, chair of Colombo...

  5. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer who served as the 8th president of Sri Lanka from 2019 to 2022, initiated a self-imposed exile on 13 July 2022, following widespread protests led by civilians demanding his resignation, triggered by extensive discontent over his handling of the country's economic crisis. [1]

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