Gotabhaya not yet selected as SLPP presidential candidate: MR Media Unit

July 18, 2018 (LBO) – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not yet named the next presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Media Secretary to the former President, Rohan Welivita said.

Issuing a media release, Welivita said it has come to their notice that a forged document purporting to be a media release issued by former President has been circulated in the social media yesterday.

According to him, this forged media release purports to announce that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially selected Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

“We wish to inform the public that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not yet named the next presidential candidate of the SLPP. This forged media release has been planted in the social media after the former President left for Singapore,” Welivita said.

“Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa wishes to state that when he names the next presidential candidate of the SLPP and the Joint Opposition, it will not be through a media release but will be done personally by him at a public gathering.”