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Saturday, 18 May 2019 - 18:55
Gotabhaya confirms his candidacy for the presidential election
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Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has confirmed he plans to run for the presidency, in the upcoming presidential election.

While speaking to Al Jazeera he stated that the decision to contest was made a long time ago, and added that otherwise, there was no need for him to renounce his US citizenship.

The former defense secretary made the first announcement regarding his candidacy 6 days after the Easter Sunday attacks.

According to the article in Al Jazeera, even though Rajapaksa has to renounced his US citizenship in order to run for president, his name does not appear on the most recent quarterly filing to the US registry on those who have lost their citizenship, which covers the three months until the end of March.

When asked if the current security situation provides him an opportunity to contest, he stated that his focus was more on the destruction faced by the nation and not the elections.

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