People should decide whether or not to elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa as president taking into account the service he rendered in his capacity as the former Defence Secretary, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.
He said this while addressing a convention on tea and rubber smallholders and cultivators of minor export crops at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC), held under the patronage of SLPP presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
“Gotabaya Rajapaksa rendered yeoman service during his tenure as Defence Secretary. People can expect the same efficiency and effectiveness if he assumes the presidency,” he said.
Referring to President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement that the premier would override the powers of executive president in the next regime, he said power hinged on one’s capability and that the incumbent government had no vision in policymaking.(Sheain Fernandopulle)
We don’t want an era again to have to see the faces of you nor your family a curse to lanka
Nimal Thursday, 05 September 2019 06:59 AM
You are bloody joking, he must have been a good Defence Secretary like SF a brilliant Army Commander, but Gota is never a President. There are thousands of reasons for that.
Sanath de silva Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:07 AM
Yes, yes, people who can remember very well what he had done his tenure definitely vote.
Cobra Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:09 AM
Don't waste your breath, sir, everyone knows what type of service it was!
Palugaswewa Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:14 AM
Presidency and the job of a defense secretary are two things of vast difference.. There are many other factors needed to be considered in electing a person to govern a country.Mere ambition to become prime minister should not drive you to deceive people again.
Jude Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:43 AM
However, for almost 2 decades Gota was NOTTA Lankan Citizen!!! And his allegiance for America by Oath he took!!!
Jude Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:47 AM
How can you vote for presidency of SL for someone who gave up (RENOUNCED) LANKAN citizenship for American greencard!???
Jude Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:55 AM
Gota Condemned LANKAN citizenship to obtain American citizenship!!! LANKAN law stipulates if a LANKAN obtained citizenship of another country, then that person loose Lankan citizenship immediately!!! However, can apply for duel citizenship!!! But in Gota's case he wasn't a LANKAN citizen for almost 2 decades before GOTA applied for duel citizenship!!! Therefore, GOTA NOT eligible to contest !! Period!!!
xlntgson Thursday, 05 September 2019 09:42 AM
the same valid reason not to mark first preference to him, may be second
Kumara Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:00 AM
Stop trying to fool the people, you or gota in power means the same, rajapaksa era unpaid bills already in billions
Citizen Perera Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:10 AM
We must look into his entire life period...not only as defense secy.
gotaBAYA Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:20 AM
A man who abondoned the Sri Lanka Army during the height of the war and taking up American nationality . Not a single day was he an MP in the Sri Lankan parliment . Any criticism will be delt with white van abductions ending up being beaten and/or Death . Now all these incidents is clear of his services as a Defence secretary . So any one can imagine if he becomes the President what more to expect and none less than gotaBAYA .
casanova Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:29 AM
Have heard that there was a black sheep in every family but first time witnessed the whole family a bunch of crooks.
God Bless Sri Lanka.
Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:31 AM
Yes, Oh yes. He will be elected as President on his merits concerning disappearances of top notch media personnel, the White Van era and enforced manual labor imposed on young men without dignity of the uniform they wore. Save your breath, you mega crook, much bigger than Mahendra, you are in dreamland.
Eesha Jayaweera Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:33 AM
one should look at the overall picture white vans and all and a party where family members of one family controls everthing cannot bring democracy or democratic values to Sri Lanka as the saying goes charity begins at home .
Sunil Perera Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:51 AM
The people of Sri Lanka will definitely take into account as to what your brother did as Def Secy. The White van abductions, Kidnappings
Aney Yako Thursday, 05 September 2019 09:26 PM
Aney Yako Thursday, 05 September 2019 09:26 PM
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