The race appears to be closer this week with the principle candidates sprinting to the finish. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is said to be ahead and the younger challenger, Sajith Premadasa closing in fast.
In twelve days’ time, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to choose a new president in what increasingly looks like a very crucial election.
The dismissal of the Petition challenging the citizenship status of Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa does not bar the Police investigation relating to the issuance of a Dual Citizenship Certificate
This allows Gotabaya to campaign for the election without the distraction of the trial, and in case he wins and becomes President the case will go into abeyance as the President has automatic immunity from these trials.
Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara who was among two petitioners who challenged Gotabaya Rajapaksa's citizenship status is facing numerous threats
Accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of illegal overreach, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) charged today that the higher echelons of the Yahapalana government had placed undue pressure on law enforcement.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others who were indicted by the Bribery Commission have been released by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.
Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorala said yesterday that the leaked telephone conversation between the Avant-Garde chief and ex-Bribery Com DG will be checked for authenticity.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been ducking and weaving filing numerous petitions before several courts to delay the misappropriation trial.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who want devolution of power have to work together to meet the Nationalist challenge posed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa