No deal with Rishad Bathiudeen: Prez


President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said today that the government has not entered into any political deal with Parliamentarian Rishad Badurdeen.

He said in a message posted in his Facebook that ensuring national security was the first and foremost responsibility of his government.

“I am not prepared to hand over the power of arresting or arbitrarily releasing people to politicians, as happened in the past. I will also take actions to rectify any omissions or mistakes made by the relevant authorities or officials,” he said.

“I emphasize that our government has not entered into any political deal with Parliamentarian Rishad Badurdeen,
I assure my citizens that I will not forsake the trust that they have placed in me and I will most certainly continue to work towards strengthening the built trust”, the President added.



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