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Sri Lanka Polls: Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches election manifesto

Speaking at the event held to launch the manifesto titled “The Ten Principles of Inclusive Governance” in Colombo, Gotabaya said that his policy will be to ensure the country is not divided and that the same law applies to the entire country. He said that his Government will not allow outsiders to interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.

The former defence secretary and younger brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that his immediate priority will be to improve the economy and amend outdated financial laws. He said that a lot of focus will also be given to local businesses and tourism.

Speaking at the event, SLPP leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said that a package giving several concessions to the public by next April will be announced soon. He also said that they have no intention of giving false promises to Tamils and Muslims to secure their votes.

The former President said that the SLPP will be open for talks based on ground realities instead of unrealistic promises.

Tamil parties have agreed for a 13 point demand including merger of north and east provinces, release of political prisoners and addressing of war crimes.

Gotabaya’s main rival is minister Sajith Premadasa among 35 candidates in fray for elections scheduled for 16th of next month.

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