Gotabaya Rajapaksa

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa

ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ
கோட்டாபய ராஜபக்ஸ
Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa.jpg
8th President of Sri Lanka
Assumed office
18 November 2019
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Preceded byMaithripala Sirisena
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
18 November 2019
PresidentHimself
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byMaithripala Sirisena
Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
In office
19 November 2005 – 8 January 2015
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterRatnasiri Wickremanayake
D. M. Jayaratne
Preceded byAsoka Jayawardena
Succeeded byB. M. U. D. Basnayake
Personal details
Born
Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa

(1949-06-20) 20 June 1949 (age 70)
Palatuwa, Matara District, Dominion of Ceylon
Citizenship
  • Sri Lankan (to 2003)
  • American (2003-05)[1][2]
  • American and Sri Lankan (2005-19)[3][4]
  • Sri Lankan (since 2019)[5]
Spouse(s)Ayoma Rajapaksa
RelationsMahinda Rajapaksa (brother)
Basil Rajapaksa (brother)
Chamal Rajapaksa (brother)
ChildrenManoj
ParentsD. A. Rajapaksa (father)
Dandina Rajapaksa (mother)
Alma materAnanda College
Websitehttps://gota.lk/
Military service
Nickname(s)Gota
AllegianceSri Lanka
Branch/serviceSri Lankan Army
Years of service1971–1992
RankLieutenant colonel
UnitGajaba Regiment
Commands1st Gajaba Regiment
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy
Battles/warsSri Lankan Civil War
1987–1989 JVP insurrection
AwardsRana Wickrama Padakkama Bar.png Rana Wickrama Padakkama
Rana Sura Padakkama bar.GIF Rana Sura Padakkama

Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP, psc, GR (Sinhala: ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ; Tamil: கோட்டாபய ராஜபக்ஸ; born 20 June 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician, technocrat and military officer. He is the 8th and current President of Sri Lanka since 18 November 2019. He was Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development from 2005 to 2015.

He led the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to the military defeat of the Tamil tigers, ending the Sri Lankan Civil War.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Police to probe Gota's citizenship, passports". Daily FT. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. "Gota's Lanka citizenship in doubt, candidacy under cloud". The Island. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. Singh, Anurangi (29 September 2019). "Gota's citizenship challenged in Court of Appeal". Sunday Observer. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  4. "People want non-traditional politicians - Gotabhaya Rajapaksa". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  5. "CT finds Gota's true U.S. renunciation certificate". Ceylon Today. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2019-08-01.