8 min read.Updated: 12 Aug 2022, 12:40 AM ISTPhilip Wen, The Wall Street Journal
Amid rifts with his brothers, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made decisions with a shrinking inner circle, aides say
HAMBANTOTA (SRI LANKA) : By his last days in power, Gotabaya Rajapaksa had been sequestered in his presidential palace for weeks, say those close to him. Cloistered with a small coterie of military advisers on July 9, the president was escorted to a nearby naval base and put on a warship for his protection, barely leaving his cabin for two days as tens of thousands of protesters occupied his residence clamoring for his resignation.
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