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* Discussions to appoint former defense secretary as second leader of the SLFP under President - Minister
Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 10:02 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 05, Colombo: Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is prepared to work in Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, and Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations WDJ Seneviratne said.

Minister Seneviratne, who is Senior Vice President of SLFP, told the BBC Sandeshaya that the discussions to appoint former defense secretary as a deputy leader of SLFP are underway.

According to Minister Seneviratne Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has admitted that the current President Maithripala Sirisena was not treated justly during the Rajapaksa administration.

The Minister said he had discussed the matter with the former Defense Secretary for over two hours.

When questioned how appropriate it is to propose Rajapaksa's name for a top position of the party when there are several investigations into allegations against his conduct during the previous regime, Minister Seneviratne said any corruption allegation against Gotabhaya has not been proven yet.

The Minister further said that he is proposing that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa should be given a senior post and responsibilities in the party with the aim of building the SLFP.


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