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President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said that his government was planning to reintroduce the granting of dual citizenship from January.

Speaking to Sri Lankan community in Milan, Italy the President said that the steps were already been taken to reintroduce the facility.

The granting of dual citizenship was suspended by the government two years ago. Since then authorities continue to receive a spate of inquiries about the status of the facility. The Cabinet of Ministers had already granted its approval for the amendment of the relevant laws.

  Comments - 15

  • mount Sunday, 05 October 2014 05:16 PM


    punchinilame Sunday, 05 October 2014 12:57 PM

    This is another of the usual promises. Insiders know that MoD
    under which this Act comes is not co-operating with the AG
    Dept. and IE Controller in reaching a compromise on the
    amendments. Not until the ethnic issues are settled as the idea
    is to use this Rule to bend the diaspora!

    Y2K Sunday, 05 October 2014 12:58 PM

    Good for expats.... this is a gud move

    citizen Sunday, 05 October 2014 06:36 PM

    hah this could be to attract the votes from sri lankans living abroad

    shehan Sunday, 05 October 2014 07:28 PM

    The real reason sri lankan expats want dual citizenship is not because of the love for the motherland nor to invest in Sri Lanka for for the betterment of its citizens. The majority of Sri Lankan expats wants dual citizenship irrespective of ethnicity is to sell the property they own mainly from inheritance in Sri Lanka tax free n take the money to their countries n settle part of thief existing mortgages in their country of residence. The minority reason though is to buy properties in Sri Lanka which they benefit from the weakening rupee value as form of investment cos property value in Sri Lanka always rises n its affordable for average exact living in the west n they can avoid taxation on savings in the west.

    Old citizen Sunday, 05 October 2014 03:47 PM

    KASA Sound ,elections coming.

    Mudalali Sunday, 05 October 2014 03:55 PM

    Please don't make it a commercial affair and deny the right of poor expats.

    Velu Sunday, 05 October 2014 03:57 PM

    Last week Modi granted lifelong Visa for expat Indians.

    Muthyavan. Monday, 06 October 2014 03:39 AM

    Dual citizenship will help SriLankan economy a big boost by the thousand of expatriate to visit for long holidays in winter. via DM iPad app

    Asarana Monday, 06 October 2014 02:35 AM

    Carrots for the future....

    Stunned Citizen Monday, 06 October 2014 05:17 AM

    This is to ensure that many members of the current regime are able to use their other country citizenship to escape the investigations into corruption once this regime is booted out. Even the so called members of the ruling family have dual citizenships.What an eyewash!

    chandi Monday, 06 October 2014 05:49 AM

    Another election gimmick....

    michael hamid Monday, 06 October 2014 09:33 AM

    great news......:)

    Cham Monday, 06 October 2014 01:05 PM

    Sorry Mate, you are Simply WRONG...

    IF YOU ARE NOT LOVING YOUR COUNTRY & need to live abroad for ever, let them sell everything they belong and go away.. No point having them anyway.

    YOU STILL LOVE YOUR COUNTRY &: also you doing well in foreign country, most likely you help families or even supports your village temple as much as you can. While you enjoying the benefit of citizenship of foreign country. (Education, Social & welfare benefits)

    Our neighbor India, immensely benefit from its vast amount of Overseas Citizens living in abroad.

    Denis Bate Tuesday, 07 October 2014 02:13 AM

    Who can apply?

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