Ex-president Rajapaksa resurfaces after Sri Lanka wins big in sports | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa surfaced on Twitter on Sunday September 11 for the first time since his ouster in July to congratulate the national cricket team which won the cricket Asia Cup 2022.

Rajapaksa’s last tweet was on July 08, a day before protestors stormed his official residence and office complex in the capital Colombo, demanding his resignation. The military-man-turned-politician was forced to flee the country hours after the unprecedented siege.

Thousands of protestors had been taking to the streets demanding Rajapakasa’s resignation for his role in Sri Lanka’s prevailing economic crisis, the worst since the island nation gained independence from the British in 1948.

The ex-president did not, however, congratulate Sri Lanka’s national netball team which in a remarkable coincidence won the Asian Netball Championship 2022 earlier Sunday.

Other political leaders also took to Twitter to celebrate the twin-victory.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted that Sri Lanka can overcome its challenges with determination and dedication.

Former Sports Minister and incumbent Tourism Minister Harin Fernando expressed mixed feelings that left some Twitter users confused.

Fernando’s successor as Sports Minister in the previous administration Namal Rajapaksa seemed to hint at a personal familiarity with the Sri Lanka cricket team’s rocky path to Sunday night’s stunning win.

(Colombo/Sep12/2022)

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