Colombo, Aug 23 (BAN/ AD): In view of recent rumours regarding dual citizenship SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday has clarified that he has renounced his US citizenship on April 17, and has also informed the Immigration and Emigration Department about the development, and also said he has got a new passport mentioning that he is a citizen of Sri Lanka.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was addressing heads of local government bodies controlled by the SLPP at its Head office in Battaramulla, Colombo when he mentioned he was a dual citizen had been annulled.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa said “The Immigration and Emigration Department released a new passport which mentions I’m a Sri Lankan citizen. False reports are being spread over the renunciation of my dual citizenship and it seems these false reports are attempts of creating issues against me.”
He added “Since the founder of the party, Basil Rajapaksa, has made a sound mechanism to ensure the election victory, what we have to do is make sure that we don’t make any mistakes.”