Gota no longer has legal obstacles: SLPP

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Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa no longer has any legal obstacle to contest the upcoming presidential election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday.

MP Kanchana Wijesekara said United National Party (UNP) MP Thushara Indunil has pointed out that Mr. Rajapaksa was unable to contest the presidential election because he was a US citizen.

"Mr. Indunil is challenging us saying Mr. Rajapaksa cannot contest because he is a US citizen. Mr. Rajapaksa never abandoned his Sri Lankan citizenship. If he had any legal obstacle, its all over now," Mr. Wijesekara told a news briefing held at the SLPP head office yesterday.

  Comments - 13

  • Aney Yako Friday, 02 August 2019 12:35 AM

    We would like to see proof please!

    Borat Friday, 02 August 2019 01:30 AM

    Gota will not and cannot contest . Just a red herring. Lease forget him and move on . Why is a murderer thief and a lure given so much prominence ?

    Borat Friday, 02 August 2019 01:30 AM

    Gota will not and cannot contest . Just a red herring. Lease forget him and move on . Why is a murderer thief and a lure given so much prominence ?

    Samantha Friday, 02 August 2019 01:30 AM

    That means he haven't denounce his citizenship yet.constitution doesn't say how he has obtain his dual citizenship. It only says dual citizenship. Other thing is when he obtain his U.S. citizenship, he has had given oath to abandon his S.L.citizenship. Those days Sri Lanka never had such has such a clause in the application process. I am telling you with a responsibility, all these are fabricated stories. They can do whatever they want, but they have to prove it.

    Ram Friday, 02 August 2019 04:54 AM

    All this talk is not necessary if Gota shows the official document. At the same time UNP can request US HC to confirm if Gota is released

    Raj Friday, 02 August 2019 05:57 AM

    " He never abandoned his Sri Lankan citizenship" that applies to every dual citizens, they never abandon SL citizenship, but in addition to it, they acquire citizenship of another country. Accordingly any dual citizenship holder can contest SL elections.

    Ohm Buddha katchamy Friday, 02 August 2019 07:32 AM

    The minority group will allow him to a president for this dharmita society

    Trump Friday, 02 August 2019 07:34 AM

    Don't talk, contest!!

    Arnold Friday, 02 August 2019 08:35 AM

    Once an American will always be an American. If a dispute raises among Sri Lanka and USA who will he support??

    Food for thought Friday, 02 August 2019 08:37 AM

    Could there be another candidate whose identity is being not revealed and Gota's name is being talked about only to fool the public. AND can this candidate be a UNP cross over or even a Priest

    Jude Friday, 02 August 2019 08:51 AM

    Hello, Lankan law stipulates if someone obtain citizenship from another country, Then that person has automatically RENOUNCED SL Citizenship!! That means at one time of GOTA's life he was Notta a LANKAN citizen!!! And GOTA did abandoned his LANKAN citizenship!!! Subsequently applying FOR Duel-Citizenship is a moot point!! Someone who RENOUNCED SL Citizenship should NOT be eligible to RUN for Presidency !! Period !!

    ananda Friday, 02 August 2019 09:05 AM

    That is what they think. It is the US embasssy who have to give the ok that he is no longer a citizen. SLPP still think they can do anything without proper procedure just by yakking in front of a microphone....

    BP Friday, 02 August 2019 03:54 PM

    He would be the biggest obstacle for a democratic society.


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