Denying the corruption and war crimes allegations against him, Sri Lanka’s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday hinted at a possible entry into active politics in the future, The Hindu newspaper reported.
“I have not decided yet,” he told foreign correspondents in Sri Lanka, without ruling out the option. A few of his supporters have been floating the idea of his presidential candidacy in 2020.
“If I can do something for the country, I will do that. I have that capability and I have proved it — whether during the war or in urban development. I did what nobody had done,” said the brother of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who led the armed forces against the LTTE.
He was willing to work with a leader whose policies were agreeable, he said.
Observing that he had never been a politician, unlike his family members who had been in politics since 1935, he said: “But Donald Trump has come from [business]. We have to see.” Asked if he considered the US President a model, he said: “Yes, I am looking at him and studying him.”