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Who is Gotabaya Rajapaksa?

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (born 20 June 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer who served as the eighth President of Sri Lanka from 2019 to 2022. 

He previously served as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development from 2005 to 2015 under the administration of his elder brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, leading the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to the military defeat of the Tamil Tigers, which ended the Sri Lankan Civil War.

Rajapaksa announced his resignation on 9 July 2022, effective from 13 July 2022, after hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans protested demanding his resignation. He is currently the only president of Sri Lanka to resign in the middle of his term.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Biography, Wiki

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the Matara District, as the fifth of nine siblings. He was brought up in the Weeraketiya in the Southern Rural district of Hambantota.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa hails from a well-known political family in Sri Lanka. His father D.A. Rajapaksa was a prominent politician, Member of Parliament, independence agitator, and the Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake’s government.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, his elder brother, was first elected to the Parliament as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He later became the Prime Minister in 2004 and the President of Sri Lanka in 2005.

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a Sri Lanka politician and a former military officer who served as the eighth President of Sri Lanka from 2019 to 2022. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was born to a prominent political family from the Southern Province.

He took early retirement from the army and moved into the field of information technology before he immigrated to the United States in 1998. Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka in 2005, to assist his brother in his presidential campaign.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in 2018, had emerged as a possible candidate for the 2019 Presidential election in Sri Lanka, which he successfully contested. Gotabaya Rajapaksa became the first President of Sri Lanka in 2019 with a military background and also the first President who had not held an elected office in prior.

On July 9, 2022, Gotabaya Rajapaksa informed the Speaker of the Parliament that he will resign as the President on July 13, 2022.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Biography Wikipedia
Gotabaya Rajapaksa
BirthJune 20, 1949
Age73 years
CitizenshipSri Lanka (1949-2003, 2005-Present) and United States (2003-2019)
Political PartySri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
PostFormer President of Sri Lanka (November 18, 2019 to July 13, 2022)
SpouseIoma Rajapaksa
ParentsDon Alwin Rajapaksa (father)Dandina Samarasinghe nee Dissanayake (Mother)
SiblingsMahinda RajapaksaBasil RajapaksaChamal RajapaksaGandini RajapaksaJayanthi RajapaksaPreethi RajapaksaDudley RajapaksaChandra Tudor Rajapaksa
EducationSri Lanka Military Academy, University of Colombo
ChildrenManoj Rajapaksa

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Career

Gotabaya Rajapaksa had joined the Sri Lankan Army as a Cadet officer on April 26, 1971, when the country was still a dominion of the British Commonwealth and was in the midst of the 1971 JVP insurrection.

Following his retirement, Gotabaya Rajapaksa read for a postgraduate diploma in information technology from Colombo University and joined informatics in 1992. He migrated to the United States in 1998 and worked at Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, the US as a Systems Integrator and Unix Solaris Administrator.

It was a widely speculated claim that Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be contesting the 2020 Sri Lanka elections. However, the claim was later denied by Rajapaksa who claimed that he will accept the Presidency if was offered the candidacy.

On August 11, 2019, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be their candidate for the 2019 Presidential elections.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa won a majority in the predominantly Sinhalese areas of the island which included the districts of Matara, Galle, Kalutara, and Badulla, while the opposition candidate Sajith Premadasa gained a majority in the areas dominated by Tamil and Muslim minorities, which had been affected by the Civil War.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wife

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is married to Ioma Rajapaksa. They have a son Manoj Rajapaksa who married Sewwandi Liyanaarachchi in 2011.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Net worth

The net worth of the 8th President of Sri Lanka is estimated to be $10 million. The net worth of the Sri Lankan president came under criticism after the country was plunged into an economic crisis leading to widespread protests all over the country.

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Who is Gotabaya Rajapaksa?

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (born 20 June 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer who served as the eighth President of Sri Lanka from 2019 to 2022. 

How old is Gotabaya Rajapaksa?

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is currently 73 years old.

Who is Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s wife?

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is married to Ioma Rajapaksa. They have a son Manoj Rajapaksa who married Sewwandi Liyanaarachchi in 2011.

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