Basil confirms Gotabaya will contest the presidential elections

Monday June 24, 2019

Basil Rajapaksa has confirmed that his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa will contest the presidential elections.

 

The former minister said his elder brother and the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will make an official announcement to this effect on 11 August when he will become the leader of Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), a splinter party of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

 

Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of having a direct hand in the mass atrocities perpetrated against the Tamils and the silencing of dissenters from the Sinhala political spectrum and civil society.

 

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