Similarly, to President Maithripala Sirisena taking along his son Daham Sirisena, to the UN General Assembly, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko also surprised some onlookers by taking his 11-year-old son, to the General Assembly in New York.
Koyla’s presence, at the UN General Assembly, was reported in the BBC today, stating that the 11-year-old boys presence in New York was “not a one-off, ‘take your child to work day’ for Belarus’s ruling family.”
“The little boy in a suit often accompanies his father on official business, including a visit to Beijing for China’s World War Two commemorations on 3 September.” the BBC said.
“Often called Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko has indicated that his youngest son, Kolya, will be his preferred successor” the Guardian reported.
“President Sirisena, contrary to his Belarusian counterpart, opted to ‘conceal’ his son from the Sri Lankan public, having instructed his media unit to refrain from releasing any photographs with his son Daham Sirisena in them. In what appears to be a bid to hide the fact that he stands guilty of nepotism – as guilty as Lukashenko.” good governance activist Gunapala Herath told Colombo Telegraph.