Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeks support of Tamils

Sri Lanka presidential candidate and former Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called on the Tamil community to join him to create a united Sri Lanka and collectively work towards developing the country.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who served as the Defence Minister in his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration, oversaw the end of Sri Lanka's brutal 25-year civil war in 2009.

Addressing a political rally in Jaffna on Monday for the first time since launching his presidential campaign, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate pledged to create long-lasting economic development for people in the North.