Ousted Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa returns

STORY: The former president met with a group of ruling party members and lawmakers at the airport early on Saturday before being whisked to the residence allocated by the government.

Rajapaksa fled in the early hours of July 13 after massive protests engulfed the capital Colombo and demonstrators, enraged with the economic devastation, stormed his official residence and office.

He resigned after arriving in Singapore and later traveled to Thailand.

Sri Lanka, grappling with one of its worst economic crisis since independence, this week reached a staff level agreement with International Monetary Fund for a loan of $2.9 billion.