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Gotabaya is SLPP’s Presidential candidate: Mahinda announces

Gotabaya SLPP Presidential candidate Mahinda announces

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Leader Mahinda Rajapakse has announced that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

He made the announcement at the SLPP convention held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. Addressing the convention Mahinda said: ”Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the choice of the people. Whether I choose or not, he has already become your brother. I hand over my brother to you.”

Earlier in an interview with an Indian media, Mahinda spoke about Gotabaya in the following words:

“Although former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not a man of many words, he is a man of action. Even though the opposition is propagating false statements about Gotabaya Rajapaksa, he is in fact not a bad person.

The fears in India about him being pro-China “are unfounded” and he is “the best friend India can ever have in Sri Lanka”.

The talk of a dynastic rule is not relevant anymore since the people want it for their own sake. They want safety, security. They want development, they want jobs. We will deliver that. Gotabaya is not a bad man as they (Opposition) projects. He is a man of action and he is not a man of many words. He operates quietly.

With him as the President and I, being the elder political leader with vast experience as the Prime Minister, we can together deliver to the people what they badly need now. And people are aware of that. Now there is no law and order, no democracy, no elections to provincial councils despite the 13th Amendment. The present government had been only busy indulging in persecution and prosecution and taking revenge of people associated with my government.

Delhi knows that we will deliver security and development to Sri Lanka and also ensure good relations with India.”


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