He had made this decision recently having gathered his family members.
However Mahinda Rajapaksa had not disclosed who his political successor would be.
Someone out of the family!
He had said that under the prevailing situation he would be compelled to select his successor from beyond his family and it would be someone who had worked closely with him over the years and had been an extremely trustworthy person.
Citing reasons for selecting an outsider as his successor, he said considering the current volatile situation between the members of the Rajapaksa family, had he selected a member of the family it would have created further family disharmony.
However, Rajapaksa had said he would not disclose the name of his successor for a further two months.
Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had not attended this family meeting as they are currently overseas.
Gota in Maithri’s trap!
Meanwhile Mahinda had not spoken pleasantly about Basil and Gotabhaya at the family meeting.
He had mentioned that Basil Rajapaksa was unable to work cordially with the Joint Opposition MP’s and expressed regret that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had got himself caught up in Maithri’s trap.
He had pointed out that Chamal Rajapaksa was now too old for the task and as he has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing the Rajapaksa coconut estates, he would not be in a position to engage in active politics.
As for Namal Rajapaksa he had said he still had plenty of time and needed to first master politics further and as such was still too young to be named his successor.
Although Shashendra Rajapaksa was also a member of the family engaged in politics, his name was not mentioned by the former President.
It was reported earlier that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s three sons were not happy over Shashendra being brought into the political limelight.
Is the mystery successor G.L?
Meanwhile, according to Joint Opposition informed sources, Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to bring forward G.L. Peiris and carry on his political activities, similar to Berma’s Aung San Suu Kyi appointed her trustworthy driver to the country’s leadership.
The current leader of the recently formed Podu Jana Peramuna is also Prof. G.L. Peiris.