Mar 18, 2017

Rajapaksas will have to renounce US citizenship? Featured

The Rajapaksa brothers, Basil and Gotabhaya will have to renounce their American citizenship if they plan to engage in politics in this country and contest the next parliamentary elections, it is reported.

The reason being that according to the 19th amendment to the Constitution, a person holding dual citizenship will lose the opportunity of being appointed as a Member of Parliament.

The Attorney General, citing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution  had pointed out in the case against MP Geetha Kumarasinghe that a person holding dual citizenship cannot be appointed as an MP. The case challenging Kumarasinghe’s eligibility to hold the position of an MP is currently being debated in court and a verdict is expected shortly.

Accordingly, Basil Rajapaksa too had held the ministerial portfolio of Economic Affairs Minister and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the post of Defence Secretary while holding dual citizenship.