Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who lost his Presidency on January 08 polls, after calling Elections two years ahead of schedule on the instructions of his personal astrologer today said that he “no longer believed in astrology”.
During a hurriedly arranged United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) press briefing at Hotel Jaic Hilton in Colombo today Rajapaksa said he didn’t believe in astrology anymore.
When a Journalist asked, do you still believe in astrology?” Rajapaksa said “Now, I don’t,”.
Rajapaksa who is known as a leader who strongly believes in astrological predictions said he now believes more in himself.
Rajapaksa’s personal astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena had been sacked by the former President after his election defeat on January 08.
Abeygunewardena who was silent for some time after the defeat of his client later had told foreign media “Not all of Nostradamus’ predictions have come true either,” while reflecting both on the fate of his vanquished boss and his own reputation as a seer.
“There was only so much I could do to help him win, maybe 5%. But you must have luck to be the president.”
During his increasingly authoritarian rule, former president Rajapaksa became reliant on his astrologer’s counsel and timed the announcement of the snap presidential election after consulting Abeygunawardena with a further two years remaining in his second term.
In a later move to justify his wrong prediction Abeygunewardena had said that the Rajapaksa’s opponent’s horoscope was more powerful than that of his client.
The former President Rajapaksa is on a comeback bid after being defeated on January 08. Rajapaksa now believes he can be the Prime Minister after his party, the UPFA triumph’s at the August 17 parliamentary polls.
A former UPFA Minister and a close ally of Rajapaksa, prof. Tissa Vitarana recently had said at an election rally that under a future UPFA government the constitution will be amended to totally abolish the executive Presidency.
In such a situation Rajapaksa who did away with the two-term Presidency clause by introducing the 18th amendment to the constitution to contest for a third term in office could once again realise his dream of becoming the leader as the Prime Minister of the country.