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* Former military chief was advised to not to enter politics, Sri Lanka President says
Thu, Mar 18, 2010, 09:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned his former military commander General Sarath Fonseka against entering into politics, a news report said Thursday.

In an interview to Singapore's Straits Times, published on Thursday, the President calling Fonseka a fool to enter politics, said he advised the defeated presidential candidate not to enter politics as politics is not the Army where orders are followed strictly.

"I told him that politics is not the army. In the army, when you have an order, they follow. In politics you give order and they react in a different way... I told him, whatever he might think, I know this game, and I am going to win this election. Whoever is my opponent doesn't matter to me," Rajapaksa was quoted.

President Rajapaksa has ruled out an early pardon for the detained General as such a move would hurt the Army discipline.

When asked about the alleged coup plotted by the retired General against the government, the President declined to comment since legal proceedings are still continuing.

Speaking about his vision for the country the President said he wants Sri Lanka to be a hub for education, aviation, shipping, communications and tourism.

The President said he wants to be remembered as a man who loved his country and his people, and did his best to serve them.

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