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Rajapaksa’s ‘heir’ prevented from flying to the US

The former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa has been blocked by US officials from flying to Houston.

Widely regarded as the former president’s heir, Mr Namal Rajapaksa said in a tweet that he has not been given a valid reason for the decision.

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Mr Namal Rajapaksa was about to board an Emirates flight to Houston at Moscow when officials told him that US authorities did not want him onboard.