October 8

Rajitha says Mahinda was urged to follow Mandelas policy

However Senaratne noted that Rajapaksa decided to follow a different path and this led to his defeat at the last Presidential election. (Colombo Gazette) Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was urged to follow the policies of the great South African leader, the late Nelson Mandela after the war.Senaratne said that had Rajapaksa followed Mandela’s policies he could have ruled the country for 20 years. The Minister said that when he was in the Government led by Rajapaksa he had urged the President to do what Mandela did after the military defeated the LTTE and ended 30 years of war.