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Friday, 02 August 2019 - 14:12
NEW PASSPORT FOR GOTABHAYA
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The department of Immigration and Emigration has issued a new passport to former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.

Immigration controller Pasan Ratnayake in a response to a query from the Hiru news team said that the passport was issued on 7th May under the dual citizenship of the former Defense Secretary.

The Controller also emphasized that it was an extension of his existing Sri Lankan passport. He said that the citizenship of the other country is not relevant when issuing a passport to any Sri Lankan with dual citizenship.

He further stated that the dual citizenship is exercised only for the purposes of contesting the elections and there were provisions before the 19th amendment. 

Meanwhile, a statement was circulating yesterday on social media claiming that the former Secretary of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapakse has officially withdrawn his US citizenship.

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