Gotabaya has renounced US citizenship - SLPP mp | Daily News


Gotabaya has renounced US citizenship - SLPP mp

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has no citizenship issues and is eligible to contest the forthcoming Presidential Election, Parliamentarian Kanchana Wijesekera said.

“He has renounced US citizenship, so that issue is out of the way. We are confident that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will nominate him as the SLPP Presidential candidate at the convention on August 11,” Wijesekera told the media at a briefing held yesterday in Colombo. Wijesekara however declined to confirm that this would indeed be the case, as “the SLPP candidate has to be revealed by our leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.” Responding to a question raised by a journalist as to whether MP Kumara Welgama joining the SLFP would cause a negative impact on the SLPP, Parliamentarian Wijesekera said that MP Kumara Welgama must have a personal rivalry with former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the fearless leader who safeguarded national security.

“Kumara Welgama joined the SLFP as he feels comfortable working with them. We cannot question anyone’s personal decisions, but we still invite Kumara Welgama to join us, if not he is indirectly supporting the UNP by opposing our decisions,” Wijesekera said.

He also went on to say that it is useless to bring a No Confidence Motion against Minister Rishad Bathuideen again as it would take a long time to enter the Parliament Order Book. “We request the people to take action regarding this at the upcoming elections. We have already done what we are capable of, but we could not achieve the results we expected,” he added. MP Wijesekera also said the Joint Opposition will have second thoughts on extending the Emergency next time because it hinders the liberty of the media, trade unions and protestors.

MP Tharaka Balasooriya also speaking at the press conference said that the government must take necessary action to bring justice to the Easter Sunday victims and the SLPP stands with Colombo Archbishop Malcolm, Cardinal Ranjith in this endeavour. “The first and foremost task of the new government is to do justice to the Easter Sunday victims. We urge the government to look into this matter,” he said.

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