The former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has named his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the SLPP's presidential candidate.
Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa made the announcement today at the SLPP's convention at Sugadasa Stadium.
At the convention, Prof. G.L.Pieris, the chairman of the SLPP, handed over the token of leadership of the party to Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa served as defence secretary during the presidency of his older brother, and was notoriously known for the mass atrocities he perpetrated against the Tamils and his political opponents.
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