Gotabaya yet to take call on returning to politics – Prasanna

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Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not yet made an official statement in regard to his return to politics, Minister of Urban Development and Housing Prasanna Ranatunga said.

He said, he does not believe that Rajapaksa will make such a decision, adding that the latter should be able to exercise the same freedoms that ordinary citizens have.

He noted that Rajapaksa gave up his US citizenship to serve Sri Lanka, adding thereby that he should not be in hiding for the needs of protesters, which would result in the violation of his human rights.

He thereby requested President Ranil Wickremesinghe to pave the way for the safe return of Rajapaksa. Ranatunga further requested for the establishment of an Interim Government to overcome the present crisis, while stating that the SLPP will extend its unconditional support for such a purpose.

Meanwhile, SLPP MPs also requested Wickremesinghe to pave the way for Rajapaksa’s return. The request was made during a discussion held with Wickremesinghe. SLPP National Organiser, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa said the party is willing to support Wickremesinghe in overcoming the economic crisis. He added that the safe return of Rajapaksa is the most important request by the SLPP to the Government and Wickremesinghe.

Ranatunga, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Johnston Fernando, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Namal Rajapaksa, and Sanjeewa Edirimanna were present at the discussion. (FT)