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Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will contest presidential elections

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo,May 18: Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has confirmed his plans to contest for the presidency. Rajapaksa, the brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, told that he would stand as a candidate in elections due by late 2019.

He said “I have decided long time. Otherwise there’s no need for me to renounce my US citizenship.” There has long been speculation that Rajapaksa, a Sri Lanka-US dual citizen, will campaign for the presidency.

In wake of recent terror attacks which killed more than 250 people has fuelled a wave of mob violence against Muslim communities. He confirmed “I don’t consider it as an opportunity,” “It is not the elections, but it is our country and nation. Something I focused on is destroyed. I’m worried and saddened because of that.”

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