Wimal says Fonseka’s dual citizenship a disqualification

National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said that in accordance with the Sri Lanka Constitution, a person who has dual citizenship cannot contest Presidential elections.

Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka has a dual citizenship in Sri Lanka and the United States. His candidature is in total violation of the Constitution, Weerawansa said at a press conference yesterday.

Asked whether this constitutional ban on dual citizenship applies to other individuals holding responsible posts in the Government, Weerawansa said it applies only to contestants of the Presidential election.

He accused JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe of making a reactionary statement following his European tour to the effect that the European Union will not grant the GSP-Plus facility to Sri Lanka so long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa remains as President. The NFF leader called the JVP leader to apologize to the nation.

MP Weerawansa said that JVP Leader was now rubbing shoulder with unpatriotic politicians. By making such statements it was obvious Amarasinghe was trying to fulfill his political ambitions.In 1987 the then UNP Government killed a large number of JVP young men and women, but Amarasinghe was well-disposed towards the killers.

He pointed out that there was no dispute over the fact that Mangala Samaraweera, Somawansa Amarasinghe, Mano Geshan, Ranil Wickremasinghe and Rauff Hakeem had betrayed the country. The United Nations Organisation had already commenced investigations on General Fonseka’s statement made to The Sunday Leader newspaper and internationally it was a major issue, he said.

A military high ranking official was being kept by General Fonseka’s faction to reveal war secrets and his wife and children had been sent to Australia, he claimed.

He said that the JVP leader Amarasinghe who criticized the UNP rule for killing a large number of JVP supporters, especially in the Batalanda torture chambers was now calling UNP leader a man of integrity and righteousness.

Weerawansa said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not dance to the tune of Western powers and their plans to establish a reactionary regime did not materialize. Therefore, the Western powers did not like a progressive Government to rule the country. The Opposition had also alleged that the UPFA Government was a Government of thieves.

He pointed out that there were two ways to rob public money. One was through the war and the other through privatization of state ventures. It was President Rajapaksa who stopped both.

Weerawansa challenged the JVP to prove with documentary evidence that the UPFA Government was robbing public money. Even JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva had called the Defence Secretary an unpatriotic man, he said.

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