6 December, 2019

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Gota: The Manchurian Candidate?

On Wednesday, pro-Rajapaksa Derana TV ran a brief interview with US Embassy Spokesman Nancy Van der Horn. Using an utterly misleading headline, Ada Derana said that the US confirms Gotabaya has lost US citizenship.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

However, in the interview, Van der Horn specifically explains to the reporter that under US privacy laws the Embassy cannot comment on individual cases. She goes on to explain the renunciation process, beginning with handing over documentation and giving the oath of renunciation at the Embassy in Colombo, and the documents being sent to Washington DC.

The Derana network owned by Rajapaksa campaign manager Dilith Jayaweera was severely criticized for its distortion of Van der Horn’s interview.

But the interview also provided insight into the process of renunciation and the timeline of events surrounding Rajapaksa’s purported loss of citizenship.

Four days after Gotabaya Rajapaksa handed over his papers to the Embassy (April 17), the Embassy went into lockdown for two weeks after the Easter bombings.

It reopened on May 6, 2019. On Friday, 3rd of May, according to Van Der Horn’s rationale, the documents were approved in Washington DC at the State Department. Bearing in mind the tumult in Sri Lanka with the country still reeling from the Easter Sunday attacks, by all accounts the document had reached Colombo from Washington DC by May 6 – in essence couriered in great haste over a weekend. Because by 7th May, Gotabaya Rajapaksa had handed the document into the Immigration Department as proof that he was no longer a dual citizen, in order to obtain a new passport.

It remains unclear whether the former Defence Secretary’s papers were actually sent to Washington DC at all. Did the US Embassy get special clearance to approve and issue the certificate from Colombo?

Or was a decision made at the highest levels of the US Government to get the documents back to the former Defence Secretary in record time, in order to seal his presidential bid?

Grave questions are being raised in the context of Rajapaksa’s citizenship woes returning to haunt him in the final lap of the presidential election campaign, that the US Embassy may be holding on to leverage with the SLPP candidate.

Observers have raised eyebrows at the US’ position, raising concerns that Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s citizenship was being used as leverage to contain Chinese influence on the island.

Early indications of the US strategy was the appointment of Alaina B. Teplitz as Ambassador to Colombo. Teplitz previously served as Ambassador to Nepal, where her effective rear-guard action adroitly placed brakes on the rapid expansion of Chinese influence on Himalayan mountain state. Highly placed sources suggest that Teplitz, cognizant of a likely return of the Rajapaksa family to power, advised the Trump administration that Gotabaya’s citizenship status could be used to strike a deal that would ensure that Sri Lanka didn’t entirely veer towards China under a Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration.

The strategy has two elements. First, ensuring that the US does not comment on Gotabaya’s citizenship status. A comment or even implied statement from the US that Gotabaya remains a US citizen could kill any presidential campaign. Second, Gotabaya must never have to prove his renunciation. As a result, the US never has to process his renunciation and can use it as constant leverage to control Gotabaya. If at any point, he reneges on their deal, they can issue a statement that he has unsuccessfully renounced his citizenship or that the renunciation came into effect after the election – this means the courts could strike down Gotabaya’s presidency as unconstitutional.

However, Teplitz’s plan has come under immense pressure from other US government agencies. Their sources of information and analysis suggested that Sajith Premadasa would prove to be a serious challenge to the Rajapaksa return. They preferred to create administrative delays in the renunciation process to support Premadasa. However, their counsel was over-ruled following the Easter Attacks. The consensus in Washington DC was that a Gotabaya presidency was inevitable, and this was the only way of protecting US interests.

Other signs are rampant that the US Embassy in Colombo tilted in favour of the SLPP candidate. In July 2019, the US Embassy hired Natasha Gooneratne, a former politically appointed diplomatic officer under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government. Gooneratne has openly championed the SLPP cause and has been an abashed supporter of the Rajapaksa regime on social media. With her entry into the US Embassy, fears rose about the information about journalists, victims and human rights defenders whose lives and families are still under grave threat from Gotabaya Rajapaksa might become vulnerable. During the Rajapaksa regime, the US Embassy became a refuge for rights activists and media personnel who found themselves on the wrong side of the ruthless regime in power. Their files and testimony, probably dispatched as confidential cables to Washington DC will now be available for viewing by Gooneratne and others.

“This is as bad as the Witness Protection Authority being chaired by Suhada Gamlath,” one diplomatic analyst told Colombo Telegraph. “The whole system is compromised. It looks like the US Government’s sole obsession in Sri Lanka is preventing China from gaining too much of a foothold,” the analyst added. (By Catherine Madugalle)

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  • 56
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    US will look at their interest first, we saw this in Iraq/Iran/Egypt/Saudi
    Where puppets rule. Do we want to be ruled by a puppet dynasty Gota/Namal/Yoshitha/etc…..
    we are a free country, we have problems, but not like other countries , we are able to express our views, we are not slaves.
    We do not want Gota hora!

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      Jehan,
      If the US is actually trying to push out Chinese influence by controlling GoRa, I believe it as a sign of wrong Trump foreign policy, not as a product US foreign policy formulated by Clinton & Obama. This kind of approach goes along with Trump conduct of cultivating friendships with known HR violators like Putin, Kim Jong-Un, Erdogan but with a cost of losing the friendship of suffering peoples of those countries run by cruel dictators. This is the same mistake America made, particularly in Latin America & Africa, during the cold war in its efforts to thwart Soviet expansion.

      History shows that America actually did not achieve its goal; rather it lost heart & minds of civilian while the politics of that part of the world still dominated by outdated socialist ideology. Soviet expansion failed not b’cos American success but b’cos failed communism caused it to implode. Soviet Union may have lost it dominance but the ideological background it left is helping China to fill the vacuum.

      Therefore, if Trump is trying to install the same failed system by using a criminal like GoRa in SL protect US interests, it will fail eventually with unimaginable negative results both for democracy of SL and for the reputation of America as the global savior of the democracy & HR!

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      CT thanks! Basil Rajapaksa is also a US citizen and the whole Jarapassa family has too much American baggage at this time when the US has become a Rouge State with only its massive Deep state run military business intelligence Industrial complex, as China has emerged as the world’s No. 1 Super Power and Asia leads the world.
      USA is finished as a superpower and knows it and is hence become a Rogue state., and Sri Lanka needs to get with the plot and look east to Asia for growth and prosperity..
      US has always had 2 Manchurian Candidates in Sri Lanka to fight its Cold War on China and Dirty was against us citizens- 1) US puppet Bondscam Ranil and 2) US Citizen Goon Gota.
      The US game with the SLFP and UNP, Gota and Ranil, has been “Heads I win, Tails you lose”.
      US puppet, Bondscam Ranil has been over the past 4 years happily destroying the Lankan economy, debt trapping and crashing the rupee with his corrupt and clueless finance ministers, particularly Mangala the Moron beloved of Samantha Power, so that US corporations can get land cheap and set up their military bases and War Machine servicing hub in strategically located Lanka. This is the MCC and SOFA project of which Mangy and Ranil are big supporters and unless Sajith gets rid of both these butterflies, Lanka will be in deep trouble.

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        USA uses human rights, peace building, and reconciliation “discourse” and NGOs along with identity politics – religious and ethnic, gender and LGBTQ- to divide, distract and manipulate the populations and public in countries they want to colonize: From Afghanistan to Bolivia to Haiti, and much of the Middle east and Africa, the US has manipulated ethnic, religious, gender and LGBTQ networks, to divide and ensure regime change and have their favorite dictator in power, and so Lankan citizens must be aware of how this strategy of using gender and sexuality with Ranil’s gay network to work for US interests is very instructive.
        This is not against LGBTQT folk or identity politics but to be aware of the US and its future attempts to weaponize religion and ethnicity as it did with the Easter Sunday Carnage.

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      I think lanken authorities could easily block GOTA not beinga ble to allow nominations.
      .
      See, if MACO says that he does not need to see it beyond just the requirements of the contestants- that alone says, the kind of commissioners should not have been in such positions.
      All is now clear that the ID card (TO PROVE GOTA TO BE A SRILANKEN) is proved to be a forged ID. No provable application and the documents are traceable.
      According to news in air prove that the documents related to GOTAs ID application is missing now.
      If documents are missing, why not RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITIES are not caught by law.
      If AUTHORTIEIS even if they abuse their responsiblities but let them exercise enjoying impunity – SHOULD not be allowed by any means right?
      If this would have been the case, in Germany or any country where LAW and order is respectfully handled, both GOTA (the applicant) and the authorties would have been imprisoned.
      It is not about anything but about the own IDENTITY that is a huge crime.

    • 1
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      Well said Jehan. Bensen Berner

  • 24
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    Candidate Gotas passport is with the courts. Why? He might abscond.
    How is he running for President?that doesn’t matter. Wow.
    My conversation with a foreigner.

    Let’s face it , Gota wants to be President to get his passport back.

  • 25
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    I do hope the U.S embassy reads this. The sequence of events is indeed disturbing. When it suits the US of A they condemn and reprimand the killers and abductors of journalists but also promote, fast track, nurture and defend them whenever geopolitics requires them to do so.

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    Gotabhaya is a liar. The US passport that he showed to prove that it has been cancelled is ample proof. Instead of “CANCELLED” his passport had the writing “CANCEL. That shows his knowledge of the English language and it is not surprising as he is an old Anandian. Never vote for such a hypocrite.

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      Daham – Who displayed GOTLER’s passport? None other than Aliya GonSaber, another “gedera yana gaman” briefless barrister.

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      This is how a US passport is CANCELLED. It clearly says CANCELLED.

      https://images.app.goo.gl/zVhDg1g49Y1BGBxx8

  • 34
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    Well, only 3 more sleeps to go and hopefully then all this will be done and dusted and such topics will only be of academic interest.

    In Rajapakses, we are dealing with ‘shady’ individuals who cannot be trusted.

    This duo (MR / NGR) ruled the Nation for 10 years. We saw what they achieved. Do we need more of the same? You decide! We will get what we deserve!

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      Ye of litte faith!

      Sajith is going to win.

      Ol’ Ranil timed it to a T. …………… The cunning bastard.

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    I understand that you CT has all the necessary lines to crosscheck the information and arguments presented, in this write up. For that reason, I am hesitant to challenge your thinking. However, I wish not to look an idiot, gulping your story without even a murmur. I see a missing link in the whole logic, – India. Leaving India out of the calculation doesn’t make sense. Does it mean that Modi is also leaning towards GR despite the snubbing he has received in the hands of MR. Here is my challenge for ‘our’ experts on Indian diplomacy. What art thou say!

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      Dear Thappu
      You do have a valid point.
      I guess when it comes to China, India and USA are on the same side.
      Everyone plays to serve their selfish interests.
      It is left for us to fight to protect our interests, nobody will do that for us.
      The writing is on the wall. Gota will sell us out. I don’t know how we can get this message through the thick skulls of those that don’t read english.
      When it is a challenge getting across to some of us who are well versed in english.
      There is no medicine for stupidity!

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    These Sinhaloyos adore to foreign countries in general,how many of them keen to have foreigners as their partners ,then blames us for their shrinking generation and religion.

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      Kugan did your Vellala JTs with money in the bank marry a white waitress?

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    CT
    No interest in verifying citizenship status of candidates: Polls Chief
    -http://www.ft.lk 14 November 2019

    Wise decision, … given that the poll chief may want to live happily ever after in case Gota wins the elections.

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      NV – Well said you are the top scorer in this column!

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    Part 1

    CT
    Let me take issue with your article which is full of speculation and you are no different to Island Paper which carried an Article yesterday in which it stated Sri Lanka has one of the most Sophisticated Electorates . What a laugh
    Let me pick holes in the following
    1)Early indications of the US strategy was the appointment of Alaina B. Teplitz as Ambassador to Colombo. Teplitz previously served as Ambassador to Nepal, where her effective rear-guard action adroitly placed brakes on the rapid expansion of Chinese influence on Himalayan mountain state.
    *** This is grossly wrong as Nepal is a Hindu Kingdom and has close cultural ties to India and will never do anything to undermine India by Aligning with China. USA didn’t need or had to do anything to steer Nepal away from China.
    2) Highly placed sources suggest that Teplitz, cognizant of a likely return of the Rajapaksa family to power, advised the Trump administration that Gotabaya’s citizenship status could be used to strike a deal that would ensure that Sri Lanka didn’t entirely veer towards China under a Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration. Lanka without Indias blessing.
    *** This again is partly wrong and speculation on CTs part. Wrong in the sense that USA knows its limitations in interfering with Sri Lanka without Indias blessing. The only Jurisdiction that reigns supreme in Sri Lnka is the Indian Jurisdiction. Truth hurts but that is fact.

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      Kali…..”Truth hurts…..if its the truth”. Have you not heard of the Maoist Movement in Nepal? I suggest you Google Maoists in Nepal and I am sure you would be enlightened….that’s if there’s enough space in your birdbrain.

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        Mano

        I know you are a Sinkalam hiding behind a Tamil Name unless your are a Mano Gunathillaka
        Are you telling me that Maoist movement was the Government of Nepal .For your information it was an Insurgent Movement supported by China It is just like saying JVP is the Government of Sri Lanka. I am not surprisec your tiny Brain cant differentiate the two.
        It is the Government that makes the decisons and not the Insurgents.

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    Part 2

    3) The strategy has two elements. First, ensuring that the US does not comment on Gotabaya’s citizenship status. A comment or even implied statement from the US that Gotabaya remains a US citizen could kill any presidential campaign. Second, Gotabaya must never have to prove his renunciation. As a result, the US never has to process his renunciation and can use it as constant leverage to control Gotabaya. If at any point, he reneges on their deal, they can issue a statement that he has unsuccessfully renounced his citizenship or that the renunciation came into effect after the election – this means the courts could strike down Gotabaya’s presidency as unconstitutional.
    *** This again is wrong and speculation as USA didn’t have to do anything underhand in a Country where knows she has no leverage to strike a deal to advance her Strategic interest. That will need to be done through India. Please take this from Kali as Gospel.
    Finally and more importantly the delay is due bureaucratic needs with checks and balances with the State Department and the FBI. Gotha committed all the crimes as an American Citizen and if it means anything America has to take punitive Action. Gotha is not out of the woods yet.

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    It is also interesting that at the bottom of the renunciation certificate the date of signature of the document is 17th April 2019, but on top right the effective date of renunciation is 3rd May 2019. Which means the certificate was issued before the date of renunciation. How is it possible for any country to issue a certificate days prior to the date of renunciation? Is US Embassy so stupid?

  • 1
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    Why people do not want agreements with US and the way of life but they like having or interested in US citizens like to believe the idea that all people should have equal opportunities. In this case US will look or forward at their interest first to those who enjoyed the US citizen and face a choice the decision to make is you’re either with us, or against us”

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      RBH
      For sure.
      When you take up a foreign citizenship, you have to swear an oath of allegiance. It is not a simple thing. You have to uphold it above and beyond everything else.
      In the case of Gota, his primary responsibility will be to USA, because he voluntarily swore to protect the interest of USA as a prerequisite to citizenship. Now he has to honour it by all means.
      If the stupid people of Sri Lanka don’t know this they will findout the hard way. Nothing more to say.

  • 7
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    I am in distress over a very disturbing news.
    I have a serious question to ask our Maha Sangha and Buddhist politicians who were instrumental in securing nominations to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
    Gotabhaya has promised to give financial support to start ORGANIC BUTCHERIES at HOUSEHOLD LEVEL (“The Island” News – November 13, 2019)
    I felt like my heart was pierced with a daggar.
    Is Gotabhaya really a Buddhist? I’ve serious doubts now.
    According to his pledge obviously given to Muslims, we will have to watch, hear and bear screams of dying animals next door.
    Moreover, carcasses of animals will be all over our neighbourhood where every inch there are Buddhist temples.
    I can’t suppress my tears.
    I have never pleaded to anyone since I started posting comments in 2015.
    But today I plead with Most Venerable Malwathu, Asgiri, Ramanna+Amarapura Chief Prelates, Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero, Venerable Medagoda Abhayatissa Thero and Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero to DEMAND GOTABHAYA to apologize to all Buddhists, (we are 70% of the population if Gotabhaya has forgotten) and REMOVE THIS PLEDGE FROM HIS MANIFESTO forthwith.
    Only a slaughterer can pledge something like this.
    How could Maha Sangha support a slaughterer like Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who has promised to open up butcheries at household level in this Buddhist country?
    This caused me serious distress.
    When Ranil tried to open up bars at household level, Maha Sangha vehemently opposed it and stopped it.
    How could the same Maha Sangha who brags that they arre the savious of my country and Buddhism support Gotabhaya who has promised Muslims to give financial support to open up BUTCHERIES at household level??????
    Wimal and Gammanpila, thopith ANSWER ME!!!!
    (Yako,) even Tamils and Muslims will say this is NOT good.
    How could you support this butcher?
    How could you do this to my Sinhala Buddhist country?????

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      Champa
      Thank you for enlightening us on an issue that was not too public before. 🙏
      Now I see the humanity in you. Hope those sycophants around Gota will open their eyes. Those heartless bastards. His supporters are as selfish as him.
      Once a butcher, always a butcher. He can’t change. White Vans were a good example of that.
      Gota is ready to do anything to secure power. It is not too late. We just need to vote against him. Problem solved.

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      Champa

      “Is Gotabhaya really a Buddhist? I’ve serious doubts now.”

      He is not a Buddhist however I can assure you he is a “SINHALA/BUDDHIST” like somass, Helass, MR, Windbag Weerawansa, ….. yourself, all the homegrown butchers in the armed forces, …………..

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      Champakaya has gone crazy

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        Bhaya Premawardena
        Exposed!
        This is the last nail in the coffin of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
        The latest export product of Sri Lanka is MEAT!!
        What a country.

    • 6
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      Champa,
      Don’t put the blame on Gotabaya. It is Mahinda who is fully responsible for bringing Gota into this election. It is Mahinda who was the president of SLFP and two time President of this nation for two consecutive terms. Americans Gota and Basil were brought to this country and government. Gota may have planned the murder of Lasantha and other murders but everything happened with the approval of Mahinda. Mahinda built up thugs and criminals, not a genuine people and nation loving politicians. I have continuously highlighted that there is a close association between Gota and USA authorities. Even the Basil now confirmed that both of them can go back to USA even if he looses this election. If Gota wins, Mahinda is out.

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      The most important question is are the Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka True Buddhists who follow the teachings of Lord Buddha? They are behaving like politicians and thugs.

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    Good article with facts.. Always it is better to stay away from countries like usa or stay neutral. They are generally double game players. They will use individuals and organizations in foreign soil for usa benefits only. When they feel the element used is ineffective, they will just dump him or team. Good examples are Usama bin laden, various Fractions in Afghanistan n iraq, Gadaffi.
    They will deal with even a ghost as long as it serves theire purpose..

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    Champa
    Thank you for enlightening us on an issue that was not too public before. 🙏
    Now I see the humanity in you. Hope those sycophants around Gota will open their eyes. Those heartless bastards. His supporters are as selfish as him.
    Once a butcher, always a butcher. He can’t change. White Vans were a good example of that.
    Gota is ready to do anything to secure power. It is not too late. We just need to vote against him. Problem solved.

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      Gemini Cricket,
      It is too late. The head Mahinda with his venomous anti American propaganda anti Tamil propaganda mesmerised Sinhala Buddhists that whatever said by him nothing other than Gods word. I do not like to say that most of the Sinhalese do not use their brain. I think problem will start on 17th of November.

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    Litmus Test: I suggest that someone like Ahimsa file a case against Gota in a California court and see what happens. Whether he is a US citizen or not will be revealed then.

    Pssst! It need not be a genuine charge. A trumped up one would do.

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    In the first place who brought the dual citizenship thing to our constitution?. And what about age 35 limit that violates the fundamental rights of all citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. It is close to 35 years that Jesus Christ showed the world what is kindness. And Buddhas thoughts about impermanence dawned on him. Even Alexander the great conquered half the known world. So, why knock out all the youths just because of Namal?. The 19A is just something concocted to deprive the Rajapaksas’ a place in SL’s governance. This is unfair and there should have been a referendum on these issues.
    Gota is a man born in deep south and has been given a historic name to protect this country by his late parents. And he has a duty to do so whether he has that piece of paper or not.

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    At least one thing about the Man – CHOO candidate is correct. His letter of excuse to get an honourable discharge from the SL-Army for mental instability and memory loss caused by sopradic amnesia. Huh! Huh! no matter what , this is the truth. Now the mad man-choon is a psychopathic killer. I truly miss my dear friend and guru Deshamanya Lester James Peiris to make the next sequel of the movie PSYCHO! “Manchurian candidate” has brains to operate and the cognizant stimulant. This MURDERER is brainless to be of any candidate. Goata is la punctured flat tire of a white van. Kick the bastard off a cliff!

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    What you can expect if Sri Lanka has the misfortune to elect another Rajapaksa.

    “Armed men stabbed and injured a writer in Sri Lanka on Thursday, a week after he published a book criticising the main opposition candidate at Saturday’s presidential polls, police said.
    The attackers stormed the home of Lasantha Wijeratne, who released his book “Wasteful Development and Corruption” last week and gave a copy to ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa.”

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    As per the laws and regulations of Sri Lanka first criteria and paramount condition for someone to contest the election to become the President of the country – for that matter any political office – that person should establish the proof that he/she is a citizen of the country. If something is not murky here, why they are playing games and hide and seek with this vital and paramount condition. They should put their absolute trust on the 22 millions people of this country instead of playing games. When the nation has reservations and doubts, they should come clean by putting the right documents and proof in front of the people to clear up whole issues and prove their bonafide. This showing affidavit business etc shows that there is a catch and something fishy about the whole things which should need the thorough scrutiny of the people before they cast their valuable votes, and this episode going to tarnish the image of the country, and cause collateral damage to it for a a none citizen – foreigner – going to become the President.

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    After Kalinga -Maga invasion in 1215 by foreign invaders of who were that ruthless rules had been massacre of Buddhist Monk, destroy Buddhist -Temples an Island-wide . While mass-scale slaughter by massacre of hundred thousands of citizens of Island by foreign invaders .That was most ruthless rules of suffered from by Sri lanakn citizens during Kalinga invasion…1215.

    The rule of UNP-JRJ as worst than that . It was Another Rule of fear came into after independence from 1948 that was beginning of 1977 RULE of UNP of JRJ, Ranasinghe Premadasa and Ranil Wikrasinghe that period was an end on 1993 May 1st .
    That was a darkest era of modern post colonial history under the Ransaighe Premadasa 1988 to 1993 May 1st. He killed 700,00 to 80,000 youth of South in Island by gun point .
    President of Ranisinghe P was ruthless ruler of UNP’s by providing weapons to LTTE and billions of rupees cash payment to Tamil terrorist via that Parakeralingam of his one of sectary of Tamil national.
    Needless to say that Ransinghe P…has provided that Tamil LTTE terrorist Colombo comfortable accommodation place in Colombo. by cost of Tax Payers money of citizens. LTTE political terrorism and their operation & functions went smoothly at cost of Govt treasure.
    The LTTE of Party separatist terrorist activities during his five years period in center of Island by blessing of Ransinghe Premadasa . LTTE was reply to that to Ransianghe P… by point of Gun.
    But killed 700,00 80,000 youth south assassination by extra judiciary killing went without Any form FAIR JUSTICE . in island 30 years.

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    Is the Chinese battle ship in Colombo to take the Rajapakses out of the country in case Gota loses the election or is it a prelude to a military coup? During the election period when no Govt appointments could be give the Army Commander promoted senior officers to the position of Generals. We all know there was a plant for a military coup and the then Army Commander refused to participate. Today the Commander is a Gota’s golaya.

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    How can we trust them. Citizenship Application missing,Passport application missing, NIC application missing. What are they going to hide. Wife and son american. What more proof do we require?

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    Well written analysis on the role played by the yanks. The ball was in UNP’s court ever since they came to power in 2015 as UNP was the pet puppy of USA. But alas for their plan, UNP under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe miserably failed to run the government in a manner to gain people’s support. UNP leadership made mockery by committing blunders after blunders to betray their supporters. USA lost the trust they had with UNP and came to a conclusion to make the deal with Gotta as Ranil deliberately delayed announcing of UNP’s presidential candidate which weaken the chances for Sajith. Now the cat is out as Ranil is also responsible for the deal that USA made with Gotta.

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    Sajith is going to win so Gota’s passport issue will have its natural death on 17 November 2019

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    Has Catherine Madugalla found out the number of MPs who can tell who or what a “Manchurian Candidate” is?
    MR probably does know and he is worried!
    And the Candidates?

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    “The consensus in Washington DC was that a Gotabaya presidency was inevitable, and this was the only way of protecting US interests.”

    This is a smart move. If Gota is going to be President, there is no point in going after him for his past. He is not going to investigate himself if he wins. If he loses, the winner is not going to conduct an investigation either. We should be investigating the Tamil diaspora in Western capitals who aided and abetted LTTE war crimes for 30 years. These people organized fundraisers, lobbied Western governments, and contributed their own money in the interests of a banned terrorist organization.

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