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Gotabaya Rajapaksa

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ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ
கோட்டாபய ராஜபக்ஸ
Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa.jpg
8th President of Sri Lanka
Assumed office
18 November 2019
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Preceded by Maithripala Sirisena
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
18 November 2019
President Himself
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Maithripala Sirisena
Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
In office
19 November 2005 – 8 January 2015
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
D. M. Jayaratne
Preceded by Asoka Jayawardena
Succeeded by B. M. U. D. Basnayake
Personal details
Born
Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa

20 June 1949 (1949-06-20) (age 71)
Palatuwa, Matara District, Dominion of Ceylon
Citizenship
  • Sri Lankan (to 2003)
  • American (2003-05)
  • American and Sri Lankan (2005-19)
  • Sri Lankan (since 2019)
Spouse(s) Ayoma Rajapaksa
Relations Mahinda Rajapaksa (brother)
Basil Rajapaksa (brother)
Chamal Rajapaksa (brother)
Children Manoj
Parents D. A. Rajapaksa (father)
Dandina Rajapaksa (mother)
Alma mater Ananda College
Military service
Nickname(s) Gota
Allegiance Sri Lanka
Branch/service Sri Lankan Army
Years of service 1971–1992
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Unit Gajaba Regiment
Commands 1st Gajaba Regiment
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy
Battles/wars Sri Lankan Civil War
1987–1989 JVP insurrection
Awards

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Lieutenant Colonel 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.


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