President Maithripala Sirisena said that he has allowed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to have a massive security detail including two helicopters even though he was defeated during the last Presidential election.
Speaking at an event in Bibile, President Sirisena said the former President was allowed to choose his security officials, from ranks such as brigadiers, colonels, captains, majors and the police for his security division.
“Have you heard of any former political leader in the world who was allowed to travel in state owned helicopters after he lost an election? The former President was given two helicopters to go to Tangalle on the morning of January 10. If anyone here or outside is aware of any political leader in the world who was allowed to use government army soldiers for his personal security even after he lost an elections, please let me know,” the President said.
Rajapakse had high security bullet proof vehicles and 226 security officials when he was in power.
“Any political leader in any part of the world has not been allowed to use such a large number of security personnel after he lost power. But, I allowed him to do so. When it comes to me, there are no military personnel within my security division. There aren’t any in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s security division either,” he said.
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lalu Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:38 PM
Crazy. Protecting the former President considering the circumstances is the responsibility of the state. Allowing him to choose his favourites from the Armed forces is questionable. via DM Android App
M Jackson Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:51 PM
Thats is because no other leader has defeated terrorism.
Sharon Monday, 11 April 2016 10:16 AM
Well said M Jackson
Aba Jayasekera Sunday, 10 April 2016 01:46 PM
You are very correct, Mr. President. He has got far too much security staff. You have been too generous to him!
pas1 Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:02 PM
something that MS cannot do to end war. MS is lying about helicopters as always does. via DM Android App
Sharon Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:06 PM
Sir. You told that you will not use helicopters after you became the President. Have you given any to the former as well via DM iOS App
Dee Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:15 PM
If it was defeated proper, how come the need for so much security?
Ganesha Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:28 PM
Why had he been allowed to have such a big security details including helicopters all these time ? This is what the new government has done and must have been reluctant to withdraw for reason unknown . Who is the threat to him except for the people whom he knows.?
Fasal Sunday, 10 April 2016 02:33 PM
If he has defeated terrorism? Then why Needs massive security for defeated President.
Saman Kumara Monday, 11 April 2016 12:59 PM
MS is very correct. Twice defeated MR is enjoying maximum privilege and using those facilities to topple the current Govt. MS you should put him to jail like other corrupt leaders to face their fate in jail.MS you are a great politician you should deserve BRAVERY award and Nobel Peace price.. .
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