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Sri Lanka: Court of appeal dismisses petitions challenging citizenship of Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The decision was delivered this evening after a three –day continuous hearing on the case, heating up the political atmosphere as Gotabaya, brother of former President Mahinda Rajapksa, is the main opposition candidate for Presidential elections scheduled for 16th  of next month.

The petitioners had alleged that the citizenship certificate issued to Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not a valid document before the law and thus he is not eligible to contest the elections.

Commenting on the decision, an MP of Sri Lanka People party Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that their candidate has been vindicated by the verdict. He said they have always maintained that it was a useless case and there was no basis to it.

Earlier, Mahinda’s elder brother Chamal Rajapksa had submitted security deposit this afternoon as an independent candidate for the elections, to cope up with an adverse judgement.

Gotabaya renounced a dual US citizenship this year to contest for the Presidential polls.  

In another decision, country’s Supreme Court today dismissed a petition challengi9ng holding of Presidential elections on the ground that the current President has a six-year term.

 

 

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