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I was still President when I went to Tangalle in helicopter: MR

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Responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s remarks that a certain individual has provided helicopters to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to fly to Tangalle as soon as the presidential election results were announced, Mr. Rajapaksa said he was still the President of the country when he left Colombo.

“As far as I am aware, I was still the President of the country when I left. I left Colombo even before the final election results were announced. The President of the country still functions, until a new President is sworn in. That’s the true story. The Head of my security division was from Polonnaruwa. He also went there,” he told journalists at an Iftar ceremony held at his residence last evening. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • dulan Friday, 01 June 2018 08:56 AM

    At last some true words from MR!

    Andare Friday, 01 June 2018 09:13 AM

    If he was President at that time, what was the need to runaway from Temple Trees in a hurry ?

    TONY Friday, 01 June 2018 09:19 AM

    CANT I USE MY BENEFITS TILL I WAS HOLDING MY OFFICE????

    Zub Friday, 01 June 2018 01:46 PM

    It looks a political gathering than an Iftar no such silly statements are made it more a religious and a devotional event.Looks like Islam is being sold for political gains

    Mark Friday, 01 June 2018 02:40 PM

    Shameful...... how these guys are bending still.

    Ram Friday, 01 June 2018 03:04 PM

    MR is correct and he did the right thing by vacating Temple Trees. He had all the powers to use the helicopters to move about. If Ms cannot understand such simple logic, well we have to blame ourselves for having voted MS to this high office.

    Sofia Friday, 01 June 2018 06:11 PM

    MS only said this to oint a finger at Ranil. He did not consider that MR was entitled to the use of the 'copter

    Jaliya Friday, 01 June 2018 05:36 PM

    You could have done all of us and the entire sri lanka an unforgettable favor ... if you would have jumped out of the moving chopper over the deep waters of Tangalle and dissapeared for good.

    Greedy/ Friday, 01 June 2018 05:37 PM

    MR yes we know that you wish to be the presdent till you die. Even now you think you are the President.

    Jaliya Friday, 01 June 2018 05:43 PM

    Now I am in bed with the camels ... if I was ever elected to be the next president I will have a major trade deal with the Arabs called SAND for LAND exchange and sell what your mother owned for generations.

    Be Fair Friday, 01 June 2018 06:17 PM

    Cant we go forward. You lost the election, took a chopper home, I as many Tax Payers paid for it. Thats why we dont progress, still harping on what happened: The War, the Victory, The Bond Scam........

    Yeti Friday, 01 June 2018 06:23 PM

    Yeah, a defeated and dejected one at that!!!

    Hapuarachchi Friday, 01 June 2018 07:17 PM

    Why arent our guys shouting for participating iftar? They have forgotten what MR uttered and now bending for votes shame ! Shame!!

    Mevan Friday, 01 June 2018 09:40 PM

    In the same manner that BR ran away from SL soon after elections you ran away from the TT.

    Nuri Friday, 01 June 2018 09:51 PM

    However much this racist try to patch up things with the Muslims , Muslims know who Rajapassas are.

    Brainmaster Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:45 AM

    Typical distortion of facts. He was not President any more when he ordered the helicopters via DM Android App


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