Non-Cabinet Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said today that a US court has referred to presidential hopeful GOtabaya Rajapaksa as being a dual citizen.
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.
A Buddhist Monk, Dr. Inguruwatte Sumangala Thero is demanding that the SLPP Presidential Candidate furnish proof that he has renounced his United States citizenship within three days.
A potential political firestorm is brewing over the current Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva appearing in an advertisement carried in the weekend newspapers endorsing the candidacy of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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.
Civil society activist Professor Chandraguptha Thenuwara is willing to go to courts again to challenge the dual citizenship status of Gotabaya Rajapaksa despite death threats.
Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara who was among two petitioners who challenged Gotabaya Rajapaksa's citizenship status is facing numerous threats
The SLPP expressed its hope for a decision in favour of the party’s presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa whose citizenship is being challenged in court.
The Appeal Court is due to rule on a Writ Application this Friday to obtain an interim order to quash the citizenship issued to Presidental aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa