Gotabaya Rajapaksa not in June list of persons giving up US citizenship
Thursday August 15, 2019 09:05
ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name is not in a list of persons who have renounced US citizenship as at end-June, a document showed.
Rajapaksa’s name was not in the US Internal Revenue Service document "Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen To Expatriate" which is scheduled to be officially published on August 15.
Under Article 92 of the constitution a president cannot be a dual citizen, and must hold sole citizenship of Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa had obtained a Sri Lankan passport on May 07 without declaring himself a Sri Lankan citizen under the Citizenship Act.
He was named the opposition party’s presidential candidate on August 11.
Rajapaksa was defence secretary from 2005 to 2015, under the Presidency of his brother.
His time in office was marred by disappearances of critics, including journalists, allegations which he has denied. (Colombo/Aug15/2019)