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Prove renunciation of American citizenship: Mangala Samaraweera tells Gotabhaya

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has urged Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to prove the renunciation of his American citizenship before the country goes to the polls the following week.

He was addressing a press conference at the Finance Ministry auditorium. He said:

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa remains a US citizen to-date, while being a candidate for the presidency of Sri Lanka. He has a duty and an obligation to make a clear statement in this regard to the country. All the concerned citizens of the country should flood the US Embassy with requests demanding to know the truth. What should be of great concern to all Sri Lankans at this moment of time is not the MCC Agreement, but the fact that one of the principal candidates of the Presidential Elections to be held next week has still not renounced his US citizenship and his wife and son continue to be fully fledged citizens of the United States of America. In order to renounce the citizenship, a US passport holder must obtain a “Certificate of Loss of Nationality” with the US Treasury. It is extremely clear that Gotabaya Rajapaksa remains a US citizen today, while being a candidate for the presidency of Sri Lanka.

In fact, in the unlikely event of Gotabaya Rajapaksa winning on the 16th, Sri Lanka will have a president, who is a US citizen and Sri Lanka will also have the dubious honour of having the only other American first lady in the world other than Melania Trump, the First Lady of USA. Therefore, I challenge Gotabaya Rajapaksa to produce the certificate of loss of nationality and the DS 4079, proving his renunciation of his American citizenship before the country goes to the polls next week.”

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